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

Current exhibit

MAY 20 - JULY 30, 2017

Destination Canada

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Toronto Public Library and Passages Canada present an exhibit that explores our diverse experiences of migration, arrival and finding a place of belonging in Canada from early settlement to present day.

Upcoming exhibits

AUGUST 19 - OCTOBER 22, 2017

Pop Sherlock!

Follow Sherlock Holmes as he ventures out of the classic fiction realm of his creator Arthur Conan Doyle and into the extraordinary places that his admirers have taken him.

NOVEMBER 11, 2017 - JANUARY 21, 2018

I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art

I share, I sing, I celebrate. Discover the work of much-loved Canadian illustrators through original book art from the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books and from the private collection of Scholastic Canada.

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.

Please note the TD Gallery will be closed for a private event on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4 to 8:30 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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