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

Current Exhibit

NOVEMBER 5, 2016 - JANUARY 22, 2017

Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales from the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

Princesses, fairies, giants and beasts – an enchanting exhibit celebrating our best-loved folk and fairy tales.

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.


The gallery is open during Toronto Reference Library's open hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sundays, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Check Holiday Hours for information about closures on or near public holidays.

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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