Committed to preserving Ukrainian cultural heritage and making its resources available, the Library materials and facilities are open to the public in the Greater Toronto area.
The St. Vladimir Institute Library is both a specialized academic library of Ukrainian materials and an extensive collection of interest to the general public. It serves the needs of Canadian academic, community, school and library institutions and individual researchers, journalists and writers.
It's major strength is its collection of Ukrainian history, language, literature, music, children's books and genealogical materials. Also, emphasis is placed on collecting Ukrainian-related material in English.
A special feature of the St. Vladimir Institute Library's collection is its rare Ukrainian books, newspapers dating back as far as the early 20th century, making it a valuable resource for scholarly research.
The Library houses more than 20,000 items including books, periodicals, LPs, videocassettes, tape recordings, audiocassettes, CDs and DVDs. The Library also subscribes to current Ukrainain-Canadian newspapers in both English and Ukrainian. The library also has partial runs of several journels published in Ukraine.
The Library houses many of the same books on Ukrainian tiopics as University of Toronto's Robarts Library. If a book is unavailable or checked out from Robarts Library, it may be available at the St. Vladimir Institute Library.
16,000 items of the library's collection have been entered into LibraryWorld - an online catalogue. New acquisitions are entered into LibraryWorld immediately, while cataloguing of the older collection is ongoing.
The library continues to grow through purchases and the generous support and gifts-in-kind of friends of the Library.