Research & Library System

​​​Thinking Forward to a Better Future


Since the University of Toronto was founded in 1827, our dedication to furthering global knowledge has paved the way for groundbreaking discoveries and publications in virtually every field. At the School of Graduate Studies, our commitment to attracting and hiring the world's foremost faculty and researchers has helped our institution emerge as a leading research centre in a range of fields.

U of T is home to the pioneering work of John Polanyi, a faculty member and 1986 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry. His research led to the development of the laser, hypersonic flight, and LINK, a global economic model that incorporates data from 85 countries.

The University also serves as a research base for Prof. Robert Johnson, the Principal Investigator of the Stalin Era Research and Archives Project, and for Psychiatry Prof. Susan Bradley, whose work pioneered the study of gender identity disorders in children. Over the years our medical researchers have also developed insulin, electronic pacemakers, and the artificial larynx while our biologists have grown plants in salt water. 

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Our Research Network

​​Our faculty members are affiliated with a large and growing number of leading research institutions including the following.

Examples of Affiliated Research Centres & Institutes

Affiliated Hospitals

Hospital Organizations

Research Agreements 

​Canada's Largest Academic Library System

In addition to the groundbreaking work of our faculty and students, our position as a research powerhouse is solidified by our library system. Not only is it the largest in Canada, the U of T library sy​stem ranks third among North American peer institutions, following Harvard and Yale.

The library system is composed of 44 individual libraries spread across our three campuses. It holds 12 million volumes in 128 languages and offers access to 100,000 serial titles and 660,000 electronic journals. It also acquires more than 100,000 new print volumes per year.