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Patient and Family Library at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


Welcome to the Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library. We are located on the Main floor, near the patient elevators. At the Library you can find reliable, up-to-date health information for free in a variety of languages.

The Library space is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During this time, you have access to all UHN health brochures.

Hours, Contact & Location

Library staff hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 5383
Email: patienteducation@uhn.ca

Location: Main Floor, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Directions)

Mailing Address:
Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library, 610 University Avenue, Main Floor (Room M-502), Toronto, ON M5G 2M9​​​​​​

What You Can Do in the Library

In the library, you can:

  • Learn about health-related events and resources in your community.
  • Borrow an iPad through the iPad Lending Program to access health information or stay in touch with friends and family members while you or your family member are in the hospital.
  • Borrow a book, video or DVD from the library collection. Search our collection in the Online Library Catelogue.
  • Get instant access to free health eBooks. Call the library at 416 946 4501 ext. 5383 for more information. Access Free Health E-Books | Instant Digital Card
  • Use the library computers.
  • Get help with your questions. Trained staff and volunteers can help you find information and resources at the hospital. You can also use the Virtual Librarian service to ask for information online.
  • Enjoy the library's comfortable seating area to read and take notes on the information in the library or just to sit and relax.

How to Borrow from the Library

Anyone is welcome to borrow our books, videos or CDs. The first time you borrow, you will need to fill out a registration form and show valid identification, such as a Driver’s License, Passport, OHIP card, other provincial health card, or another form of government-issued photo ID. Once you register with us, you may borrow from any of the UHN Patient & Family Libraries.

The Library has materials in many different languages, including English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Vietnamese. You can also request information in other languages. Learn about language services at UHN »

Looking for pamphlets or brochures? Search Health Information from the UHN Patient & Family Education Program »

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iPad Lending Program:

You or your family member can borrow an iPad while waiting for appointments, from Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm. To borrow an iPad,​ call 416 946 4501 ext. 5383, or visit the Pa​tient & Family Library on the main floor of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.​

How long can I keep Library materials?

If you borrow an iPad, you will need to return it before leaving the hospital.

For all other materials:

  • You may have up to 3 items checked out from our library at one time
  • You may borrow an item for 3 weeks
  • You may contact us to renew an item 1 time, for 3 more weeks from your original due date​​​


If You Need Help Searching for Specific Health Information

If you can’t find what you are looking for in the library collection, you can request health information that is specific to your needs from the Patient & Family Library. There are many ways to ask for health information about certain topics.

  • Connect with the Virtual Librarian: Email the Princess Margaret librarian at patienteducation@uhn.ca or call 416 946 4501 ext. 5383 from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. You can leave a message and the librarian will respond within 24 hours.
  • Send in a Search Request: Download the search request form [PDF], fill it out at home and then email it to the librarian at patienteducation@uhn.ca. You can also get a copy of the search request form at the Patient & Family Library and fill it out for the librarian when you are at the hospital.

The librarian will search for information for you. You can choose to have your information package sent to you by post or by email, or you can pick it up in person at the Patient & Family Library. Common information topics include:

  • Coping
  • Cancer types
  • Caregiving
  • E-books
  • Financial resources
  • iPad lending program
  • Nutrition
  • Online cancer classes
  • Palliative care
  • Research articles
  • Side effect management

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Last reviewed: 10/26/2023
Last modified: 1/16/2024 4:57 AM
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