About the OISE Library

The Library of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto supports the graduate studies, initial teacher education, research and field development functions of the Institute. Further, it acts as a special library offering detailed information service to practitioners engaged throughout the province in improving Ontario’s educational system. In order to provide this support, the Library has a specialized collection in the field of education including:

  • extensive reference materials
  • over 2,000 journal titles
  • complete microfiche holdings of the ERIC microfiche document series
  • current and historical curriculum materials and textbooks
  • curriculum software
  • specialized collections of children’s literature, modern languages, Franco-ontarienne and women’s studies materials
  • extensive multimedia resources

Specialized Collections in the OISE Library

Curriculum Resources Collection
This collection provides a comprehensive source of curriculum and instructional materials in the field of education supporting curriculum, program and teaching components of initial and continuing teacher education.

Modern Language Collection
The Modern Language Collection was established as a response to the professional needs of language educators for a resource collection and dissemination service in second language pedagogy.

Women’s Education Resource Collection
Over 8,000 monographs in all areas of women’s studies with particular strengths in women and education, feminist studies, and women in development. The collection has a strong Canadian component including French language material.

Franco-Ontarienne Collection
The material in the Collection franco-ontarienne (CFO) is principally in the areas of languages and social sciences. The CFO has over 2500 volumes of learning materials related to the teaching of French as a first language, to linguistics and sociolinguistics, and to bibliographic research regarding Franco-Ontarians as well as to their history.

Ontario Textbook Collection
The Collection includes elementary and secondary school texts authorized or approved for use in Ontario circa 1846 to 1970, as well as some materials used in nineteenth-century schools but not approved by the Ontario Department of Education.

Ontario Historical Education Collection
The Collection includes numerous documents, mainly from the Ontario Ministry of Education, formerly the Ontario Department of Education, which cover the areas of elementary, secondary and teacher education in the province from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.

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