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. 

  • *New* iPad Lending Program: Patients and families can borrow an iPad while waiting for appointments. To borrow an iPad, call 416 946 4501 ext. 4558 or visit the Information Desks on the main floor of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
  • Satellite Libraries: There are satellite libraries in different clinics throughout the hospital, where you can find relevant health information. See a list of satellite library locations »

Hours, Contact & Location

Patient & Family Library entranceMonday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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

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About the Princess Margaret Patient & Family 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 iPad to access health information or stay in touch with friends and family members while you or your family member are in the hospital.
  • Trained staff and volunteers can help with your questions and help you find information and resources.
  • Enjoy the library's comfortable seating area to read and take notes on the information in the library or just to sit and relax.

We also offer 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 »

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How to Become a Member

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.

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Borrowing From Our Collection

  • 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

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Searching for 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. Fill out the search form and bring it to the library or phone 416 946 4501 ext. 5383.

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.

Watch this quick video to learn how to find good quality health information online »

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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: 4/12/2021
Last modified: 4/13/2021 10:54 AM