The OSSTF/FEESO Research Library specializes in materials about educational and labour issues, especially those that relate to secondary education in Ontario. The library answers over 8,500 requests for information each year. The majority of questions come from members, district offices, the Provincial Executive, and other staff at the provincial office.
Policies and Procedures
Research Library services are available to OSSTF/FEESO members only. The Library is open between 8:30 AM and 5 PM during the school year. In July and August the hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on Fridays when the Library closes at Noon.
Items may be borrowed for a period of two weeks. There is a limit of eight items per loan. Materials will be mailed out to any OSSTF/FEESO work location/District office. During July and August we will mail to a home address. The borrower is responsible for the cost of returning the materials.
Members are welcome to visit, or may contact us by phone at 416-751-8300, mail at 60 Mobile Drive, Toronto, M4A 2P3, or through the OSSTF/FEESO Fax numbers. Members may also contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library collects materials on secondary education, labour relations, Ontario legislation, and current issues in education and labour. In addition to books, reports, magazines and journals, the Library also has videotapes, databases, CD-ROMs, and extensive subject files. Our topical bibliographies provide a quick start for many research topics.
Reference and Research
Every month the Research Library answers over seven hundred research requests for members, District offices, the Secretariat and Provincial Executive. The Library's knowledgeable and experienced staff can provide information on a wide variety of educational issues. In addition to using resources located in the OSSTF/FEESO Research Library and Archives, we use databases, the Internet, and other libraries to answer reference questions. Materials and help are available by phone, fax, email or personal visit.
To assist members in staying up-to-date with new topics and trends in education, the Research Library produces listings of selected new materials throughout the year.
Legislation in Ontario
The Research Library produces and maintains a complete listing of all of the Ontario Legislation relevant to the work of the Federation. Legislation is monitored on a weekly basis.
The Research Library also has responsibility for maintaining an archives for OSSTF. Resource books that are out-of-print, handbooks, Provincial Assembly materials, and studies done for OSSTF are available for viewing within the Library. Archival materials do not circulate, and prior authorization is required for some documents.