Facilities and Resources


Sociology Study Rooms/Student Mailboxes

  • The Sociology Common Room (2101 Vari Hall) and the Ernest Lilienstein Library (2094 Vari Hall) are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Each room provides a setting where students can relax with friends.  As these rooms are sometimes used for meetings, students are encouraged to check with the undergraduate office (2060 Vari Hall) first to ensure that the room is available.
  • The YSGA reception room is located in Room 2071 Vari Hall. Student mailboxes are housed in this same room, where memos, notices, and mail can be received.  Using the keypad entry, students have access to this room twenty-four hours/day, seven days/week.
  • Computers are located in Room 2076 Vari Hall. Students have access to a printer in this room, but are charged five cents/page. Using the keypad entry, students have access to this room twenty-four hours/day, seven days/week.
  • The Student Study Room is located in 2099 Vari Hall.  With several carrels, this room provides a quiet environment for students to work.  Using the keypad entry, students have access to this room twenty-four hours/day, seven days/week.
  • The Resource Centre for Public Sociology, housed by the Department of Sociology, is located in N141 Ross Building.
  • Free lockers are available but students must provide their own lock and inform the Graduate Program Secretary in 2077 Vari Hall which locker they are using.

York Libraries

York University boasts some of the best resources and facilities in the country, including numerous libraries and research/resource centres, computing services and production facilities. As well, Toronto is home to a very large film and video industry with numerous support services. Here you’ll find equipment co–ops, studio space, film libraries and more...

Scott Library

This is the largest of York's many libraries. It contains thousands of books, journals, periodicals, and other documents, including a very large collection pertaining to Film & Video and the other Fine Arts.

Scott Library is also home to the Graduate Reading Room, a quiet study space for graduate students.

Other Libraries

Other libraries at York include Steacie Science, Archives and Special Collections, Law, Administrative Studies/Government Documents, and the Nellie Langford Rowell Centre (Women's Studies Library). Inter-university loans, extended loan privileges, and library computing services are just a few of the many library services available to assist students with their research.

Graduate Students' Association (GSA)

The GSA is the representative student organization for the graduate population at York. The GSA has made low-cost extended health coverage available to all graduate students, as well as a number of grants and funds to which graduate students may apply. The GSA represents graduate students at Senate and numerous other Faculty of Graduate Studies committees. The GSA produces a handbook annually which will be available early in the fall term. The handbook contains a wealth of useful information regarding York and the surrounding area. Please visit the GSA Offices at Suite 325, Student Centre Complex.

Graduate Program Standing Committees

The Graduate Program in Sociology is responsible for making recommendations to the Faculty of Graduate Studies with respect to admissions of new students, course offerings, degree requirements, and a series of other matters.  It must also organize its own external appraisals from time to time.  A number of standing committees have been established to carry out these tasks.  Faculty are elected to each committee by their own constituents through an annual call for committee membership by the program office.

York Sociology Graduate Student Association (YSGA)

The York Sociology Graduate Student Association's mandate is to encourage social and academic interaction between all sociology graduate students and the wider graduate community.  The YSGA provides many opportunities for interested students to participate in program affairs by being responsible for nominating and selecting student representatives to the different departmental and program committees.  The YSGA also organizes an annual symposium and get-togethers for faculty and students.  The YSGA cannot function without your active support.  If is, after all, representing you and your concerns.  We urge you to become actively involved in the undertakings of the YSGA; it is student-run and is an important part of the program.

The YSGA is affiliated with the Graduate Students' Association, which receives a small portion of your student fees.  Part of these fees are given to the YSGA and the monies used to fund projects of benefit to sociology graduate students.

Email and Computing Services

Students must set up a York email account for all program emails.  This can be done online.

For more information on labs, software downloads, internet connections and more, please visit the Computing Services Website or stop by the Computing Commons at the William Small Centre.

York University Card

The YU Card is York's official photo identification and campus debit card.  The YU card will enable you to access services such as the Library, recreation facilities, photocopying, student discounts and more.  To find out how to obtain your YU card, please visit yucard.info.yorku.ca/.