Gerstein Building Spaces and On-Site Services 2021-2022

Last updated: Sept 13, 2021

*Those who are neither fully vaccinated nor enrolled in the rapid screening program by September 13, cannot come to any University premises. This includes our libraries.*

On this page: Guidelines & procedures  |  Prepare for Your Library Visit  |  Available spaces and services  |  Other spaces  |  Floor plans (coming soon)  |  Virtual Tour

See also: Copy, print, scan at Gerstein  |  Wifi and computer - general information  |  Copy, print, scan - general procedures  |  Other U of T Libraries study spaces

Guidelines and procedures

  • Open to current U of T students, staff, and faculty
  • Physically-distanced study spaces and computer workstations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking is not required.
  • There is no time limit
  • There will be signage to show which seats and tables are available, and the maximum number of people per table or room
  • Computer workstations and tables without chairs should not be used
  • Face masks are required and must be worn indoors. Please review the University's policy on non-medical masks or face coverings and information on proper usage of masks.
  • Library staff wear masks, and public-facing service points have plexiglass barriers
  • Hand sanitizer is available for users
  • Physical distancing protocols are in place, with 2-metre (6-feet) spaced decals posted on the ground; arrows and signs show where to walk and stand to maintain distance from others
  • More information on library health and safety measures

Prepare for Your Library Visit

1) Provide proof of vaccination & complete online symptom screening

poster with COVID-19 ucheck assessment tool

  • All members of our community who come to U of T campuses in Fall 2021 – including use of library spaces – must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • They are expected to: 1) have their first dose by September 13 and 2) have their second dose by October 15
  • This requirement aligns with the recent recommendations of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health for post-secondary institutions in Ontario and the sector’s response
  • Proof of vaccination must be uploaded to UCheck – our online self-assessment tool.
  • The vaccine declaration & upload system will be available the week of September 6th – please retain all vaccination records in preparation
  • Individuals awaiting for their final vaccine dose, or who have received a University-approved exemption, must participate in the University’s rapid screening program and may be subject to additional safety measures. More information on this process coming soon

2) Bring your TCard & show your UCheck screen

  • Anyone entering Gerstein must scan in with their TCard*
  • They must also show a green UCheck screen, which verifies their risk status
  • There are two ways that individuals can complete the required self-assessment and generate a risk status:

(*If you don't have a TCard yet: You can show the email confirmation of your TCard office appointment instead*).

Available Spaces & Services

Study SpacesRemote Zone  |  Group Study Rooms  |  Study Carrels  |  Public Service Desk

Building Spaces & On-site Services

As of Sept 7, 2021:

  • Access is for current U of T students, faculty, and staff only
  • Regular fall hours are in operation
  • All 5 floors will be open with reduced capacity, including study space and computers
  • Group study rooms can be reserved, with limited capacity
  • Book and journal stacks are open
  • Course reserves are available at the Short Term Loan Desk
  • LIRA workstations and study space for non-U of T visitors are not available
  • More information coming soon!

icon for study spaceStudy Spaces

  • More study spaces on all 5 floors are open with reduced capacity, including access to essential technology (computers and wifi)

Remote Zone (New!)

Group study rooms

  • NOW OPEN! - Group Study Rooms on various floors can be reserved, with limited capacity (max. 2 people/room; Room 2000 has max. 6 people/room)

Study Carrels

  • Coming soon in Fall 2021 - Graduate Study Carrels will be available to reserve, with reduced capacity (max. 1 person/carrel)

Public Service Desk

Other Spaces

MADLab  |  Reflection Room  |  Green Beet Cafe


Reflection Room

  •  The regular room remains closed, but a temporary reflection space is available (George Connell space, in area between stairs to 2nd floor and Morrison Pavilion)
  • Max. capacity is 3 people at a time

Green Beet Cafe





1st floor:

2nd floor, 1-Below, 2-Below, 3-Below, including:

Selected spaces on 1st floor:

Selected spaces on 2-Below:


  • Public Service Desk:
    • For directional and quick questions
    • for any in-depth questions, please also refer to our Virtual Help Desk 
  • Short Term Loan Desk
    • Course reserves
  • Computer and wifi access
  • Printing/Copying/Scanning (1st floor only)
  • TBucks machine

Selected services on 1st floor:

Selected services on 2-Below:

  • 3D printing & VR Studio (in MADLab)

Floor plans of open/closed spaces and services - coming soon!

Gerstein Science Information Centre Virtual Tour - Fall 2020

Check out our new virtual tour* to:

  • see what spaces have safely reopened and are accessible during our partial reopening 
  • find out how you can currently get virtual help from our staff
  • get a sneak peek of what else the library has to offer, once we're able to fully reopen

(*Note: The virtual tour was filmed early Aug 2020, so areas shown do not fully reflect current health and safety measures. This video is meant to be used for illustrative purposes only.  For up to date information on current health and safety measures, check this page: Library health and safety measures.)