Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

120 St George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A5
Phone: 416-978-5285
Fax: 416-978-1667
Key contact: Anne Dondertman

Borrowing privileges

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Its resources may be used by all scholars and researchers, whether or not they are members of the University of Toronto community. Some material is hosted offsite.A U of T Library card is not necessary to use the Fisher Library but registration on an annual basis is required. Identification with name and current address (e.g. driver's licence, hospital card, etc.) will be requested.

Types of restricted materials

Some manuscript material is restricted at the request of the writer or donor.

Hours librarian available

Whenever Library is open.

Is photocopying available? Cost?

At the discretion of the staff, limited photocopying is available for materials which will not be damaged by being copied. Photocopying is done by Fisher Library staff at a cost of 25 cents per page. Digital photography is also available.

Size and scope of collection

Approximately 640,000 volumes; 2,600 linear metres of manuscripts; early Canadian and European maps. See the Fisher website for more information on the scope and content of the collections at

Collections listed in the library catalogue

Readers should consult the Library Catalogue and the special files in the Fisher Library. In addition, the Fisher Library has extensive uncatalogued materials which may be available for consultation; inquiries should be made at the Reference Desk in the Fisher Library.Finding aids to manuscript holdings are available online through the Fisher webpage at

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Mon. - Fri. 10am-5pm
Closed for Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Simcoe Day.



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