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University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview

University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview
University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview

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University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview
Affiliated Library
University of Toronto
University of Toronto
DescriptionUTL at Downsview is the libraries high-density storage and preservation facility, in operation since 2005. Low-use materials from all UofT libraries are transferred, weekly, and access to the entire collections is provided by an online request services, supported by a daily courier.
Contact Name: Mark B Phillips
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 416-667-7733
Address: 4961 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Postal code:
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Year opened: 2005
Total Personnel:
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes): 5,000,000
Total Capacity (linear feet): 136440
Building Size (square feet):
Current volume count: 3,200,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemNone
Date Implemented
Integrated library system? The facility uses an ILS
rather than a dedicated inventory management system

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
Shelving Height (max): 30
Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
Target operating temperature: 63 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 40 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
Max travel distance (miles): 10