Category Archives: University College

UC’s Laidlaw Wing turns 50!

The Laidlaw Wing of University College was officially opened 50 years ago, on October 5, 1964. A Globe and Mail article the next day (“LePan installed as Principal of College”) includes a photo with the caption “Officially opened yesterday, Laidlaw Library, which closes quadrangle of University College.”

The 1965 issue of the University College Bulletin features a description of “The New Wing,” with some nice photos of the Library and the Refectory (in the basement). Here’s an excerpt about the Library (which at that time occupied two floors) — note the mention of the latest 1960s library technology!

“The main and upper floors house the Laidlaw Library, planned to meet the needs of First and Second Year undergraduates in the College. A controlled-access book collection, which will ultimately comprise 40,000 volumes, and a reference room with a capacity of 4,000 volumes cover the main floor. The upper floor is designed as reading room space.  The central area contains both large tables and individual desks. There are also  a number of small reading-rooms for informal group study; these will accommodate typewriters, record-players, and microfilm readers. […]”  Here is a link to the whole article, scanned from the UC Bulletin, 1965, pages, 33 to 37:


Sarah Polley wins award for best Canadian film of 2012

What great news that Sarah Polley’s wonderful documentary Stories We Tell has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s $100,000 prize for the best Canadian film of 2012! At University College we are very lucky to have Sarah Polley as this year’s Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor.

For some interesting quotes about Stories We Tell and Sarah Polley’s other feature films, see the following links to my Canadian Women Film Directors Database:

New Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies

It was announced on Wednesday that thanks to a major donation, we’re going to have a new endowed Chair at UC! — the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies.

Here’s a link to lots of interesting books related to Chinese Canadian studies, available at the UC Library.



Girls Fall Down

Girls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig has been chosen by Toronto Public Library as this year’s “One Book”  — the novel for Torontonians to read in April — and Laidlaw Library now has five copies ready to be borrowed!

And one of this year’s “One Book” events will be a lecture by Andrew Lesk at University College: “Unseen Toronto: The Shadow Worlds of Girls Fall Down” (April 26 at 6 p.m., room 179).

Book cover: Girls Fall Down

Carolyn Dinshaw

Carolyn Dinshaw is delivering the 2012 Alexander Lectures this week (Monday March 12 through Thurs. March 15, at 4:30 p.m. in UC 140): “How Soon is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time.”

We have her book Getting medieval: sexualities and communities, pre- and postmodern at Laidlaw Library (and also her book Chaucer’s sexual poetics).

book cover: Getting Medieval



Questions about Wheels

Columbia University professor Richard Bulliet is giving a series of lectures this week at University College, Questions about Wheels: The Four-Wheel Paradox (Feb. 27, 28, and 29 at 4:30).

We have two of Prof. Bulliet’s books at Laidlaw Library:

Quotations from novels about Toronto

Here are some quotations from novels which take place in Toronto, and some from novels which mention UofT.  I started gathering these quotations in 2009 for a display as part of Doors Open Toronto and have continued adding to them since. One of the UofT quotations even mentions University College Library!