Service Update

Due to provincial restrictions, our collections are closed for in-person use (including research and exhibits). Learn more

Portrait of John Graves Simcoe (1743-1808) by Jean Laurent Mosnier Portrait of John Graves Simcoe (1743-1808) by Jean Laurent Mosnier

Rare books and archival materials including diaries, letters, literary manuscripts, printed ephemera, maps, scrapbooks and pictures can be viewed in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

Some highlights from our Special Collections are:


For more information see the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana


Maria Chapdelaine Collection

Rasselas Collection

Other Subjects

Title page of Die Vergessne Welt Title page of Die Vergessne Welt

For more information see Special Collections in the Visual Arts, and Special Collections in the Performing Arts

Genre Collections

The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection (Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor)

The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books (Lillian H. Smith Branch)

The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy (Lillian H. Smith Branch)

Unique materials from all these collections have been digitized and organized into virtual exhibits.

Vitae excellentium imperatorum 1471 Vitae excellentium imperatorum 1471