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About the Library
The Dr. Chun Resource library is a space for community members and University of Toronto students to access factual, critical, and alternative materials that facilitate resistance to oppression among and between diverse communities. In particular the library is committed to collecting materials that reflect the local voices of our community, and the voices of those who have been marginalized and oppressed in our daily lives and in political mobilizing.
The Dr. Chun Resource Library offers its patrons unconventional and difficult to come by material that reflects a social justice perspective. The library collection is diverse both in content and medium. Our collection of over 2000 items includes videos, books, magazines, zines, audio tapes, government documents, reports and vertical files. Our resources span a wide variety of issues including: social justice; anti-racism; feminism; social activism; ableism; trans awareness; food politics; colonialism; reproductive rights; environmentalism; violence against women; sexuality; poverty; HIV/AIDS and much, much more.
Originally opened on September 13, 2000, the Dr. Chun Resource library began as a small collection of material amassed over the years by both OPIRGand the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T(previously the Women’s Centre). In 2000 Dr. Kin Yip Chun, a professor and researcher who was wrongfully denied a tenure track position at the U of T after serving ten years in the Department of Physics, made a large contribution to the collection as an act of solidarity among communities struggling for social justice. At that time it was renamed the Dr. Chun Resource Library.
Over the past several years renewed interest in developing the library into an important anti-oppression campus resource has resulted in many new and exciting changes. The collection has significantly expanded and the library has been recognized as a member of the University of Toronto Library system. An electronic catalog now allows patrons to search for material by title, author, or using key words. In July 2006 the first meeting of our bookclub, “Cliterature” was held. The bookclub meets monthly to discuss fiction focusing on feminist and anti-oppression content written by aboriginal women, women of colour, and with an emphasis on Canadian writers. In October 2006 a new and improved website was launched. We also began offering programming such as workshops on self publishing and zine making.