ReUse Depot



Photograph of wood and glass cabinet full of art supplies for trade.

The ReUse Depot is an important and great opportunity for artists and designers to up-cycle, re-purpose or reuse materials that can inspire, explore creativity, or reduce students financial burden while redirecting the material from landfill. It’s a location for donating used but usable art & design materials and/or finding used items that will be useful to your creative practice.

How it works:

  • Visit the self-service ReUSE Depot cupboard (for drawing tools, paints, sewing materials and other small tools) or ask a Learning Zone staff member to gain access to the secondary ReUse Depot storage space (for larger items such as newsprint pads, sheets of paper, frames and more).
  • Browse the selection and take only as much as you can and will use
  • Bring in any usable art supplies that you no longer need
  • Please note down the number of items you have taken or donated on the record of use sheet, so that we can understand the effect or success of this project.


Check out the new ReUSE Depot cart on the 3rd floor of 100 McCaul Street, between room 362 and the IT Help Desk (room 341):

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The new ReUSE Depot cart! Photo credit: Brian Joe


Note on donations: We will accept any art & design supplies that are still in usable condition. We do not accept donations of books, clothing or hazardous waste.

ReUse Depot is a collaborative partnership between the Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC), the Library’s Learning Zone, the Office for Diversity, Equity & Sustainability (ODESI), Facilities Planning & Management and Student Management. The development of this project is also supported by the First Generations program, IT Services & AV Loans.



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