As a member of the University of Toronto Libraries, the John M. Kelly Library follows the University of Toronto Library Conduct Regulations. This policy outlines prohibited activities, disciplinary procedures in the event of policy breach, and appeal processes. It is advised that all users of the Kelly Library become familiar with these procedures.

These regulations are enforced at the John M. Kelly Library by the William D. Sharpe Chief Librarian.

Questions regarding the policies in effect at the Kelly Library may be directed to kelly.library@utoronto.ca.

Food and drink is permitted throughout the John M. Kelly Library with the exception of the Special Collections Reading Room. While we welcome patrons to feel comfortable in our spaces, we kindly ask that you do your part to help keep our library clean and healthy. Always dispose of your waste in the receptacles provided, wipe down your eating area, and report any spills to library staff immediately.

Be considerate of those with scent sensitivities or allergies. Please limit food to small self-contained meals.

The following policies will be enforced by library staff.

  • Priority for use of the rooms is given to groups of three or more students.
  • Rooms are for studying and academic group work.
  • Individuals or groups using a bookable group study room should be prepared to move to accommodate those who have booked the room.
  • Groups take priority over individuals for the use of study rooms.
  • Study rooms are not sound-proof; please be respectful of others in the area while using the rooms.
  • Everyone using the study rooms is expected to honour the Library Conduct Regulations.

The University of Toronto Libraries are not responsible for loss or damage of items left unattended in the room.

The Kelly Library maintains 13 closed-door carrels for graduate student use. The use of these carrels is managed by the library, in collaboration with the Regis St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology.

Renewal of Carrels

Graduate carrels are assigned annually from September 1st to August 31st of the following year. Carrels may be renewed annually between August 1st through August 31st.


Carrel holders are responsible for 2 keys for the duration of their carrel tenure: one for the carrel office and one for the lockable desk. Lost keys are subject to a $50 replacement fee.

Library Materials

All library materials kept in study carrels must be properly checked out to carrel holders. Carrels will be checked regularly by library staff.

Personal Property

The Kelly Library is not responsible for personal property left in the building. You are advised not to leave valuable belongings in your carrel. Nothing can be attached to either side of the translucent door to the carrel. Posters, etc. may be attached to the fabric walls.

Withdrawal of Assigned Carrel

Carrel holders who are no longer using their carrel must return the keys to the circulation desk.


If you have questions about carrels please contact kelly.library@utoronto.ca.

Part of the mission of the John M. Kelly Library is to develop, maintain, and provide access to collections and services in support of the mission of the Regis St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology.

The Kelly Library ensures that faculty and students have access to a broad range of library materials:

  • Online through the University of Toronto Libraries
  • In print in the John M. Kelly Library
  • In print at other libraries of the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto
  • In print or in digital copy through inter-library loan

A special effort is made to ensure access to library materials from the Catholic and Eastern Christian traditions. For the most part, the John M. Kelly Library leaves the purchase of other denominationally specific materials to the other theological libraries on the St. George Campus.

Regis St. Michael’s benefits from extensive collections in the Kelly Library acquired to support other programmes of the University of St. Michael’s College, including Christianity and Culture, Medieval Studies, and Celtic Studies.

The full policy can be found here.

University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment that supports learning, teaching, research and work.  This commitment extends to everyone regardless of race, ethnic group, nationality, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, language, religious affiliation, or age. The fulfillment of the library’s purpose depends upon an environment of acceptance and mutual respect. Everyone should be able to work, live, teach and learn in a University free from discrimination and harassment.

Read the full UTL Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Statement.

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) manage a variety of online spaces and services, including social media accounts, blogs, email services, virtual consultations, instruction sessions, virtual events, and instant message and virtual reference and research services. These online spaces, communities and services are an extension of the U of T community. In addition to following U of T’s Student Code of Conduct and U of T Libraries’ Conduct Regulations, we ask you, as a participant in our community, to respect these Community Guidelines, which have been created to foster a high quality and safe environment for our community members. 

Read the full UTL Online Community Guidelines

At the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), we care about your privacy. We provide this privacy statement to let you know what information we collect, how we use it, and how we protect it.

Read the full UTL Online Privacy and Data Collection policy.

This policy is to ensure Library patrons and staff are not subjected to pornographic material from computers while in any of the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL).

To this end, every effort will be taken to discourage patrons from accessing pornographic material, explicit or otherwise, in the libraries as prescribed in the University of Toronto’s policy on “Appropriate Use of Information and Communication Technology,” the “Policy on Information Technology,” and section five of UTL’s Conduct Regulations. This policy and procedures will apply when using either a Library computer or patrons’ devices including, but not limited to, a laptop or personal digital assistant.

Consult the full UTL Policy on Accessing Pornographic Materials.