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

Current Exhibit

AUGUST 13 - OCTOBER 16, 2016

The Art of Cartography

Sea monsters, invented islands, and uncharted lands - discover the unexpected beauty of maps and atlases from the 16th to the 19th century.

Upcoming exhibits

November 5, 2016 - January 8, 2017

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

Princesses, ogres, witches and beasts - an enchanting look at fairy and folk tales from the 15th century to today.

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, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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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