Our libraries are more than just a quiet retreat for study and research — they're integral partners in the delivery of our academic programs at all levels. — Julia Kinnear, Academic Dean
A wealth of resources
Our libraries offer boys the opportunity to explore and learn, and to develop an appreciation for the written word.
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It’s an essential component of lifelong wellbeing — the ability to support one’s interests and development through reading. At the Wilder Library a culture of reading for growth, and a general love of reading, is developed and sustained. Students can inquire about and research any interest, drawing on a range of online resources, electronic reference materials and in-library volumes — everything from picture and chapter books, to graphic novels.
With expert librarian guidance, students and parents can access online, searchable catalogues, UCC and public library collections, electronic encyclopedias and curriculum support organized by inquiry theme. Thoughtfully curated reading lists offer ideas for extracurricular weekend and summer reading.
The Wilder Library’s large and comfortable meeting area is a key community hub at the Prep. Students enjoy book talks with visiting authors, quiet reading and story times.
With its central location and modern, well-equipped work spaces, the library easily accommodates three classes at once. Each form, from SK to Year 7 has a regular “library period” once or twice every eight days and other subject teachers book time in the library for project and assignment research.
The Wilder Library is named for William P. Wilder ’40. His donation to UCC's Renaissance XXI Campaign in 1989, which funded the Prep’s John David Eaton Building, generously funded a renovation of the Prep Library.
The Macintosh Library is at the heart of the Upper School’s academic program. Upper School students learn that Google searches aren’t the only tool out there! A robust and expertly curated collection of in-library resources and curriculum-based materials includes the unique Heintzman Music Library Collection. With a wide variety of online book lists, databases and LibGuides, students learn to navigate their way through core and relevant resources in any particular subject field, class or assignment. They can access electronic encyclopedias and full-text databases accessible via the online library on the school network. It provides easy access to catalogues of major public and academic libraries in the Toronto area, as well as a collection of selected and authoritative websites also geared to their research needs.
Students become apt at identifying research goals, assembling authoritative sources and, most importantly, learning to reflect critically on a chosen topic.
For faculty, this is an instructional space where classes are given on research skills and essay preparation. It is centrally located, easily accessible, comfortable and well-equipped with an extensive collection of materials geared to the school's academic program.
The library’s purpose is to meet the academic needs of students and faculty. To achieve this, its program is built around three main principles: teaching and instruction in collaboration with faculty; development of the collection to support the curriculum; and service to UCC's community.
The Macintosh Library's overall program is based on the school library curriculum, Information Studies: Kindergarten to Year 12, developed by the Ontario School Library Association. Students use the resources not only of the Macintosh Library but also make use of other libraries in Toronto to supplement their research, including, in their IB Diploma Programme years, the university library systems.
The Macintosh Library also enhances literacy-skill development by encouraging a love of reading. Comfortable reading spaces are available for students, and new books are highlighted regularly. Faculty often schedule Book Talks in the library, which give the teacher-librarians an opportunity to highlight some of the best and latest books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Author visits are arranged during the school year to promote books of interest to our students, and to introduce boys and the UCC community to notable writers and their work.
The Macintosh Library is named for Maitland Macintosh, a former Chairman of UCC’s Board of Governors at the time of the new Upper School’s building, from 1958 to 1960.
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