Soon UTS will have a beautiful new library, with sliding stacks, study areas, a group meeting room, and a stunning wall of windows overlooking the parkette, all coming together to create what Susie Choi, Director of Library Services, calls a relaxing and inspiring atmosphere for UTS students.
“We envision the library as a haven where students can delve into their studies and think deeply while unwinding from busy student life,” says Susie. The new library will even have a corner dedicated as a space for students to practice mindfulness.
UTS is already like a librarian’s utopia for Susie. “Our students are such voracious readers.”
Thanks to Susie’s efforts and those of the Library Council, a group of students that help oversee the library’s resources, the UTS Library collection is diverse and responsive to current events and the world around us.
“Our library ethos is to be as inclusive and agile as possible,” says Susie. “I always look for books that have as many different narratives as we can so that everyone at UTS feels like they’re seen, no matter what their ethnicity, religious background, gender and interests.”
Now Susie and the Library Council are working hard on expanding the selection of books on the gender spectrum and transgenderism. The library also boasts an impressive collection of manga, a style of Japanese comics and graphic novels, that is driven by the UTS student Manga Council. Another special section is reserved for books by alumni authors.
One of the aspects Susie is most looking forward to with our renewed school is the close proximity to our partnerships at the University of Toronto including Robarts Library. Equally exciting are the expanded facilities coming with Robarts Common, a new five-storey structure that is designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the firm of Don Schmitt C.M. ’70, which also designed our building.
“I love that our students have full access to the U of T library system,” says Susie. “Having that exposure at a young age gets them into the habit of using a university library, a very unique privilege for high school students.”