Other libraries

Map of selected Toronto Libraries


Toronto Public Libraries

University and college

John P. Robarts Research Library
University of Toronto, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, 416-978-2294

  • Access: stacks are accessible to registered users only (those who have purchased external reader card); 4th floor services are accessible to the general public (Current Periodicals, Map Library and Reference)

Ryerson University Library
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, 416-979-5055

  • Access : library is open to OCAD students. Circulating materials can be signed out through Direct Borrowing privileges

York University Libraries
4700 Keele St., Toronto, 416-736-5150

  • Access : library is open to OCAD students. Circulating materials can be signed out through Direct Borrowing privileges

National and international

Canadian Library Gateway

  • Links to public and academic libraries across Canada

National Library of Canada(AMICUS)

  • Search the collections of over 500 Canadian libraries, including the National Library

Library of Congress

  • Search the collections of the largest library in the United States

Visual arts and architecture

Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario, 416-979 6642

Shore + Moffat (Architecture) Library
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
230 College Street, 2nd floor, Toronto, 416 978 2649

  • Catalogue: search University of Toronto Catalogue Advanced Search and limit to Architecture Landscape (Shore + Moffat).
  • Access: members of the general public are permitted to use library materials in-house. Loan materials only available to U of T students. An external reader card (with an annual fee) required to charge out materials for one week.

Photography, Film & Video

Film Reference Library
2 Carlton Street, East Mezzanine, Toronto, 416-967 1517

  • Access: Public access with memberships or day pass ($3/student)

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street W., #120, Toronto, 416-979-3941

  • Access: Open to the public during gallery hours Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

401 Richmond Street W., #452, Toronto, 416-351-1317, email

  • Access: Online Catalogue and article reference.
  • Contact directly for information.

Decorative and applied arts

 Libraries & Archives, Royal Ontario Museum
First floor, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, 416-586-8000

  • Access: Open to the public (with special free pass from Museum Admissions desk).
  • Hours: see website for hours.

Craft Resource Centre, Ontario Crafts Council
Designers Walk, 170 Bedford Road Ste. 300, 416-925-4222, Ext. 229

  • Access: Open to the public Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..

CBC Image Research Library
416-205-3241, email for librarian

  • Access: Contact librarian by telephone to make requests or to book an appointment.

Gardiner Museum, Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library
111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C7,416-408-5216; email for library staff

  • Access: Monday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment (closed on holidays)

H.N. Pullar Library, Textile Museum of Canada
Second floor, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, 416-599-5321, Ext. 2240

  • Access: Free for Museum members, $6 for students
  • Hours: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..

Cultural institutes

Goethe-Institut Information Centre and Library
163 King Street W., Toronto, 416-593-5257, Ext.12

  • Access: On-site use of material is free to the public, lending memberships are $5/yr for students
  • Hours: Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Japan Foundation Library
131 Bloor Street W., 416-966-1600

  • Access: Free lending library open to the public
  • Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday (once/month), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Historical libraries and archives

City of Toronto Archives
255 Spadina Road, Toronto, 416-397-5000

  • Access: Open to the public.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on summer Saturdays).

J.J. Talman Library, Archives of Ontario Library
77 Grenville Street, Toronto, 416-327-1600

  • Access: Open to the public with free registration.
  • Hours: Full service Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Toronto Reference Library (TRL)

789 Yonge Street, Toronto, 416-393-7000

  • Access: Open to the public.
  • Hours: Monday to Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, fourth floor, 120 St. George Street, Toronto, 416-978-5344

  • Access: Open to the public. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Art and design bookstores

Acadia Books
232 Queen Street E., Toronto, 416-364-7638

The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, 416-533-9168

D & E Lake Ltd.
239 King St. East, 416-863-9930

David Mason Books
366 Adelaide St West, Suites LL04 and LL05, 416-598-1015

Silver Snail Comic Shop
329 Yonge St., Toronto, 416-593-0889

Swipe: Books on Advertising & Design
401 Richmond Street West

Theatre Books
101 Spadina Ave., Toronto, 416-922-7175