Campus Resources

Student Lounge

VLUU L100, M100 / Samsung L100, M100What a monumental day January 15 th,  2014 was for the Interdisciplinary Studies Community.  After months of tireless work by the GPA Fiona Fernandes, the Christopher Innes Interdisciplinary Studies Student Lounge was opened ! Originally housed in McLaughlin College and now occupying a lovely space on the 1st floor of Vanier College, this space provides a place for IS students to land when they arrive at York on class or committee meeting days. It has computers, student mailboxes, a fridge and microwave, and somewhat comfortable seating. ! Dr. Innes, founder of the program provided opening remarks, as did Associate Dean Graduate Studies, Dr. Fahim Quadir. Dr. Leyton-Brown welcomed IS officially to McLaughlin College, Fiona Fernandes invited students to make this lounge their own and Dr. van Daalen-Smith officially named the lounge in honor of the program’s founding Director. Students are asked to email the GPA for the passcode number. But remember sshhhhh it's just our lounge so no sharing the code. 🙂 You can obtain the code from the program office.



Interdisciplinary Studies LIBRARIANS

iloIlo-Katryn Maimets
Ilo Maimets is one of York's Head Librarians and is thrilled to be available to the IS program.  Ilo provides invaluable 1:1 support to Interdisciplinary Studies students in order to find and save various valuable searches. She is available for phone or 1:1 consultations.  Phone: (416) 736-2100 x33927   E-mail:





scottScott McLaren
Scott McLaren is York's librarian for humanities and  for Interdisciplinary Studies.  He is also a faculty member in the graduate programs in humanities and history. Scott is available for individual research consultations with IS graduate students working on major research papers,  literature reviews and their thesis. He routinely joins IS students in the winter term of their first year - providing an entertaining and thought provoking workshop on library research and how to think about it.  Cool.  Appointments can be arranged (and he really likes meeting IS students)  by contacting him at

Atkinson Centre for Mature Students i love yorku

As a graduate student at York University, you have a variety of outstanding of resources available to you to help in your pursuit of a degree.

ACMAPS is a resource for mature (and part-time) students from recruitment through to graduation. Centre staff as well as peer mentors are available to assist students in their transition to university studies and to help them navigate their York experience. Please visit the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part Time Student's page for information. Do have a look as they have workshops, 1:1 support and terrific guidance.

York University Mature Students’ Organization (YUMSO)

Vanier College Room 113B York University Mature Students Organization

Founded in 2004, YUMSO is the heart of York’s mature student social activities and works with ACMAPS on advocacy, mentoring, and more. Look around their site for lots of great tips and links to lots of interesting information. For those on Facebook, visit the YUMSO Facebook site.


Housed in five buildings, York’s collections have more than 6.5 million items, 150,000 E-books and 20,000 online journals. Our world-class libraries provide rich collections, value-added services, excellent librarians and knowledgeable and helpful staff.


Graduate Student Reading Room, Scott Library

Innovations include: a designated graduate student reading room; research skills workshops; online tutorials; discipline and course-specific guests lectures and workshops; Ask A Librarian chat reference; RACER, a library resource sharing system, allowing interlibrary loan users the ability to search multiple library catalogues at the same time and track the progress of their requests; and RefWorks, a Web-based bibliographic citation software and RefShare, a RefWorks component that will let you share your RefWorks folders with research partners or students.

The Leslie Frost Library on Glendon campus houses an extensive bilingual collection.The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections contains a rich research collection for curricular and ongoing scholarly research. Visit York’s Libraries website to learn more.

York University Research Centres & Research Institutes

Enhance your interdisciplinary education with opportunities to participate in collaborative research. York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. Working across disciplines and with global partners, we develop ideas and connect with policymakers and practitioners to create meaningful change and a more globally competitive Canada.

As a graduate student, you will benefit from York's 24 research centres and institutes, which provide outstanding research opportunities to supplement your academic program. Visit the York Research website to learn more.

Graduate Student Conference and Board Rooms

Located directly above the Graduate Students’ Association office on the fourth floor of the Student Centre are a large open conference room and two boardrooms. The boardrooms can be booked for smaller meetings or study groups. The rooms’ availability can be checked via the calendar at To book a conference or for more information, contact (416) 736-5865 or send an e–mail to:

The Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD) is in place to assist students with their transition into university life and to ensure their continued growth and engagement throughout their time at the university. SCLD provides the tools and guidance to do this through our extensive offering of programs and workshops. From transition programming, nutrition, sexual health and healthy living to leadership skills, community building, involvement and residence life, SCLD is committed to fostering an environment in which students are empowered to be successful.

Other Resources

Take a moment and look on the Graduate Studies Campus Resources page for resources. We want you to feel supported and knowledgeable about all the ways our university supports our students.