U Of T Bookstore
214 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 2Z9
A campus bookstore that caters to everyone’s taste.
|Store Type |||Books|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Queen’s Park Station|
|Cross Street |||College|
|Mon-Fri 8:45AM-6PM, Sat 12PM-5PM, Sun closed.|
Profile Last Updated: January 18, 2008
Captivating both bibliophiles and browsers alike, the University of Toronto Bookstore reads like a multi-volume survey of bookstore history, anticipating the changing needs of its diverse customers. The bookstore has three levels with three separate entrances, and each level offers a unique experience. Turning a corner is like turning a page: you never know what you’ll find.
Merchandising Madness and Textbook Sticker Shock
Enter through the weathered oak doors on College Street and you’re surrounded by modern merchandising madness. Forget books- this retail nook is all about clothes and accessories, including knapsacks, hoodies, sweats, tees, and hats. Young masters of the universe can treat mom to an Italian silk scarf, or wow dad with gold-plated cuff links. All are emblazoned with the University of Toronto logo, of course; school spirit never looked so cool. But hey, where are the books?
…And On to Textbook Alley
Climb the stairs to level two—or enter off St. George Street—and a different kind of fun begins. This is Textbook Alley. The shelves are neat, the aisles wide, the lighting bright, and bubbly pop plays from the speakers overhead. The sole sour notes are the sighs from the students as they read the price stickers on their course books. Such earthly considerations seem mundane when you ascend to level three.
Ascending to the Temple of Learning
It’s only when you arrive on level three that you realize this bookstore is a temple of learning in the classical sense, as the building gives no hint from the outside of the magnificence within. The bookstore is in fact housed in a heritage building built in 1909, a former Carnegie library that became the first Toronto Reference Library. Classical music plays overhead as one marvels at the 30-foot high ceilings, the marble staircases, the verdant carpeting and captain’s chairs, and the mile of oak shelving. One may spot a prominent author perusing the shelves or any number of PhDs selecting the syllabus for a campus course in literature. The University of Toronto Bookstore welcomes all.