The Inforum is a dynamic, collaborative environment within the iSchool that combines information resources with the latest technology in a pleasant and comfortable work and study space. It is one of 40+ locations that make up the University of Toronto Libraries. It is the only location in the system to have collections, services, technology, facilities, and staff dedicated chiefly to serving graduate students and faculty in information and museum studies.
Our environment includes individual and group study space, in-depth reference and research services, and instruction from a variety of sources including librarians and information technology staff. Some of the Inforum's key concerns are research, learning, writing, and technology use. Its main purpose is to make student learning easier and more successful.
Group study rooms
All group study rooms located in the Inforum feature a large conference table, task chairs, a desktop computer connected to the iSchool network, wireless connectivity, and room capacities that range from four to twenty occupants. Students can book rooms in advance for team meetings or collaborative project work. Additional bookable group study areas are available on the third floor of the Claude T. Bissell building.
The iSchool offers three e-classrooms, one of which is located in the Inforum. All are equipped with workstations, and the software needed for teaching and class use. Students have 24 hour access to the non-Inforum e-classrooms.
When classes or workshops are not in session, e-classrooms are designated quiet study spaces.
Individual study rooms
There are two rooms in a newly renovated area on 7th floor of the building that have been set aside for quiet study. They are reserved for individual use by masters students, rather than use by a group.
Brian Cantwell Smith Ideas Exchange (BCSIE)
Named after past dean, Brian Cantwell Smith, the Ideas Exchange is an informal meeting space tucked away on the fifth floor of the building. Designed for collaborative work and impromptu intellectual discourse, the Ideas Exchange is equipped with a Smartboard, a kitchenette, a mix of conference-style furniture, and intimate café-style seating.
Other spaces at the St. George campus
University of Toronto Libraries
With over 40 locations spread across three campuses, the University of Toronto Libraries boasts a multitude of spaces to fit a multitude of study habits, including:
- Quiet study carrels at the college libraries
- The award-winning Morrison Pavilion at Gerstein Library
- The café and reading rooms at Robarts Library
The Grad Room is an inclusive space designed just for graduate students at the University of Toronto. Located at Harbord and Spadina, it features a graduate student lounge and multi-purpose space for academic and student programming.
Hart House, completed in 1919 in the Gothic revival style, was gifted to the University of Toronto through the Massey Foundation. Students can find quiet study space in the first floor Reading Room and the second floor Library when not taking advantage of Hart House’s cultural and recreational programming.