About the Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library

NOTE: The library is closed until further notice. You can continue to access library resources by email or phone. 

What You Can Do in the Library

In the library, you can:

  • Learn about health-related events and resources in your community
  • Read or borrow a book, video , DVD, audiobook or CD from our health library collection for information about cancer, cancer treatment and care, support organizations and services.
  • Use our computers or 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.
  • 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.
Patient & Family Library entrance

Hours, Contact & Location

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 3691

Email: patienteducation@uhn.ca

Mailing Address:
Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library
610 University Avenue, Main Floor (Room M-508)
Toronto, ON M5G 2M9

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 »

Borrowing iPads: If you or your family member would like to borrow an iPad while waiting for appointments, you can do so through the iPad Lending Program. To borrow an iPad, call 416 946 4501 ext. 4558 or visit the Information Desks on the main floor of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.


How long can I keep the 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. 3691 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am-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:

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

Do you prefer to look up online information on your own?

Watch this video for helpful tips on finding good quality health information online »


Patient & Family Library Newsletter

Read about featured health topics and information of interest to the UHN and Princess Margaret patient and family population.

March - April, 2021 [PDF]

January - February, 2021 [PDF]

November - December, 2020 [PDF]

September - October, 2020 [PDF]

July - August, 2020 [PDF]

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Last reviewed: 4/13/2021
Last modified: 4/14/2021 12:47 PM