About Us

The Sidney Liswood Health Sciences Library opened at its present location on University Avenue in 1974.  The library was named in honour of Mr. Sidney Liswood, the executive director of Mount Sinai Hospital from 1954 to 1973.

The Sidney Liswood Library staff are involved in a variety of projects within Sinai Health System and at the University of Toronto. Some of these projects have included:

  • In 2001 the Sidney Liswood library became the first library in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to contribute catalogue records to the DRA / SIRSI online catalogue at the University of Toronto, thus creating the beginnings of a union catalogue of health science libraries. The catalogue now includes over 20 libraries in the GTA. The library also initiated the conversion of the HSICT (Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto) print union list of journals to an online list shared with all Consortium members and their users.
  • The library maintains a public consumer health website, Bridge2Health, that provides reputable, reliable health information for patients and families in Ontario.
  • The library supports the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) by improving access to print and electronic clinical resources for medical students and physicians at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and by supporting the library staff at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa.
  • The library maintains a collection of staff authored publications in the T-Space Research Repository at the University of Toronto.

Staff Directory

Charmaine De Castro, Information Specialist
Rebecca Ding, Library Technician 
Michelle Ryu, Information Specialist 
Chris Walsh, Information Specialist