Writing Resources

Art writing books available at the library
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 2:00pm to Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:45pm

A short guide to the best library resources for writing academic essays about art, design, and any other research topics.

Looking for some help with your essay assignments? The OCAD U library's November book display highlights writing resources in the collection. This includes guides to academic writing, guides to writing about art and design, collections of example essays, and encyclopedias and dictionaries for critical concepts and vocabulary. To accompany the display, a short online guide to the best library resources for writing can be found online at: http://ocad.libguides.com/writingresources

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library 113 McCaul St. Room 1215
sbutterill@ocadu.ca; dpayne@ocadu.ca
416-977-6000 ext. 334 (reference desk)
Feel FREE to sign-out any books with a valid OCAD U ID card!

Food 4 Fines

Food for Fines Logo
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, October 10, 2014 - 4:00am

Donate non-perishable food items to the library: reduce your fines and support the Student Pantry!

Bring in non-perishable food items and use them to help pay off your fines for overdue items at the OCAD U Library, AV Loans and Tool Loans. Each item will be recognized by removing $2.00 from your total fines for up to $20.00 maximum (10 food items).

All donations will be contributed to the OCADU Student Union's Student Pantry, a food bank for any student in need of a good meal.

Participating Locations:
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, room 1215 @ 113 McCaul St.
AV Loans, room 341 @ 100 McCaul St. and room 7701 @ 205 Richmond St.
Tool Loans, room 131 @ 100 McCaul St.

Donations are always encouraged even if you don't have fines!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., 113 McCaul St. & 205 Richmond St. Toronto, Ontario

OCAD U Seed Library Opening

Seeds at the library
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Celebrate the newest Library/Learning Zone collection: the OCAD U Seed Library on Tuesday 12 August, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Opening event for the OCAD U Seed Library

Did you know OCAD University has a Seed Library? You can borrow seeds to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers, and the team behind the Toronto Seed Libraries will be here to explain the collection. See what you can grow and learn how to harvest seeds from your plants to help keep the collection growing.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Room 1110 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Far Out

Far Out
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, October 3, 2014 - 4:00am

An Exhibition of the Weird & Bizarre: The OCAD U Library is proud to host Far Out, a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores unconventional and alternate realities. A diverse group of OCADU student and alumni artists present works which feature quirky or peculiar representations of people, memories or places and images or objects that may cause disbelief. We hope these works resonate in our Library, a space which aims to be an environment for questioning, investigating and challenging traditional forms of information and knowledge.

Featuring drawing, painting, collage, photography, video and sculpture works by Adrienne Crossman, Ana Jofre, Andre Kan, Emily Waknine, Lucas Johnson, Marta Chudolinska, Petar Boskovic, Sam Pedicelli, Sarah Munro, Tara Dorey, and Yan Wen Gillian Chang.

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library Level 2, 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

OCAD U celebrates green design in the student-run Sustainable Design Awards

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 4:00am

Green Space App, Sustainable Library and Public Transit Food System designs take top honours

(Toronto—April 23, 2012) Three projects have shared top prize in the 2012 Sustainable Design Awards, a student-conceived and led design competition that challenges young designers to approach their projects through the lens of ecological sustainability and social consciousness.

The competition, the brainchild of Industrial Design student Mike Lovas and now in its second year, has attracted the attention of artists and designers as well as environmental organizations across North America. This year's competition, presented by SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building, included an inspirational talk by Allan Chochinov, Editor-in-Chief of the leading online design magazine Core77. Chochinov, who teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, also participated as a juror.

The awards drew a three-way tie for the $2,000 purse, plus an honourable mention and a student-choice award from the 51 submissions. The winners are:

Three-way tie for the top prize:

  • Green Space App by third-year Environmental Design student Hannah Smith;
    Concept: To empower the green movement from the ground up by harnessing the power of networking and community to help plan community gardens and improve parks.
  • Public Transit Food System by third-year Graphic Design student Laura Headley and first-year Environmental Design student Ian Brako;
    Concept: To leverage existing public transportation such as GO Transit and the TTC to get locally grown food into the city.
  • Sustainable Library by Benjamin Gagneux, a Spatial Design major on exchange from L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique in Nantes, France;
    Concept: The Library, built out of recycled wooden shipping pallets, created a space for students to have access to resources about sustainable and socially responsible design.

Honourable Mention:

  • International Non-Consumptive Currency by fourth-year Graphic Design student Elliot Vredenburg;
    Concept: A jewellery-based carbon-credit micro-trading currency system that enables autonomy, stigmatizes unsustain­able habits, and rewards non-consumptive practices within the current para­digms of society, industry and politics.

Student-Choice Award:

  • Obot (The Robot) by fourth-year Industrial Design student Matthew Del Degan;
    Concept: a low production run non-toxic toy with five opposable parts made out of a transparent soybean resin called EcoPoxy.


View work by all the winners online.

In addition to Chochinov, the jury included local furniture designer Jason Dressler of Brothers Dressler, Graeme Stewart of ERA Architects, Partner and Co-Founder of Public Displays of Affection Katherine Ngui, and Susan Spencer Lewin, Principal and Director of Sustainable Strategies at CS&P Architects.

Organizers of the Sustainable Design Awards extend their thanks to their generous sponsors: SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building; OCAD University and its Faculty of Design; the Ontario Association of Architects; Vans; CS&P Architects; Engineered Assemblies; 608 Designs; Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario; the Ontario Crafts Council; the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario; the OCAD Student Union; ERA Architects Inc.; Public Displays of Affection; archiTEXT; the Interior Design Show; the David Suzuki Foundation; the Design Exchange and Angell Gallery.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Download this release as a PDF document.

For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Dorothy H. Hoover Library Vintage Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 4:00am to Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:00am

Wednesday September 25, 2013 to Thursday September 26, 2013

Proceeds will benefit the Ontario Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Summer is over, school has started, and you know what that means...

It's time for the Fall Art Libraries Association of North America - Ontario Chapter (or ARLIS/ON for short) vintage fundraiser!

We will be selling all manner of vintage and esoterica in the lobby of 100 McCaul on September 25th and 26th, so come on by to check it out! You never know what you might find - be it clothing, textiles, books, decorations, furniture, and other one-of-a-kinds!

We are also looking for donations! Have stuff lying around that you want to move along? Drop it off at the circulation desk of the Dorothy H. Hoover Library (at 113 McCaul) any time until September 21st.

Questions? E-mail Stephen Spong at sspong@ocadu.ca.






Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

OCAD U Library Used Book Sale

OCAD U Library Used Book Sale
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 1:00pm to Friday, October 18, 2013 - 9:00pm

Amazing art and design books at amazing prices!

Come out to support OCAD U Library Services and discover some new and used gems to add to your bookshelf! The books are mostly duplicate copies of titles in the OCAD U Library, donated by alumni, faculty and friends. Every book you buy translates into more new resources on the library shelves to support learning and exploration at OCAD U.




Venue & Address: 
Lobby, 100 McCaul 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Judith Spanyi at the Toronto Public Library

Image: Liza Minnelli Montage from Cabaret
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 4:00am

Alumna, OCA 1976

Exhibition and sale of colourful portraits and paintings by OCA alumna, Judith Spanyi.

Image: Liza Minnelli Montage from Cabaret






Venue & Address: 
Woodside Library, Woodside Square 1571 Sandhurst Cirle Toronto, Ontario

We’re in the Library

Barbara Astman, The Fossil Book (detail), 2013.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 5:00am

Opening: Tuesday, November 19, 5 – 9 p.m.

Sara Angelucci, Barbara Astman, Adam David Brown, Michelle Gay, Ido Govrin, Vid Ingelevics, Jon Sasaki

In November 2013, the Koffler Gallery opens its highly anticipated new downtown venue at Artscape Youngplace with its inaugural exhibition – We’re in the Library.

School libraries are portals to new worlds of enchantment where some of our first journeys of discovery and self-awareness begin. Seven Toronto artists have been invited to create works responding to the history of the Koffler Gallery’s new exhibition space, formerly the library of the Shaw Street Public School. Exploring the notion of the school library as a place of exploration, intellectual inquiry, and social interaction, the artists articulate singular ways of engagement with the site’s context. With projects ranging from print to sculptural installation, sound, video and new technologies, they revisit childhood literary favourites and cultural icons, revel in the mysteries of encyclopedia illustrations, examine the communication of knowledge, and subvert idealized notions of education.

Curator: Mona Filip

The Koffler Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image: Barbara Astman, The Fossil Book (detail), 2013.


Venue & Address: 
Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street Toronto, Ontario