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Showcasing art, artifacts, manuscripts and more from the library's extensive Special Collections.

Current exhibit

July 4 - September 5

Toronto's Sporting Past

A nostalgic look back at sport in a simpler time, as seen through the library's Special Collections. In celebration of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Upcoming exhibits

September 26 - November 29

John J. Audubon's Birds of America

Life-sized images of birds from John J. Audubon's groundbreaking double elephant folio – one of only five copies in Canada.

December 19 - January 31 2016

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons

Original works of art by Maurice Sendak, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, along with items from the library's Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.

Plan your visit


The TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library is a space for Torontonians and visitors alike to connect with our collective cultural memory. Stories are told and histories explored through rare and unique items from the library's Special Collections.


  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sundays, Closed

Beyond the Gallery

Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre is a place to dive deeper into the library's rich and varied collections featured in the Gallery exhibits, so come to the fifth floor and explore. Ask one of our expert librarians to guide you through the material, or take a self-directed tour at your leisure.

You can also explore the Digital Archive for historical pictures, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and digitized books.

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