Protecting treasured books - City News goes behind the scenes of the Fisher Library condensation control project

Have you been wondering what is happening at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library?

We are renovating to improve the thermal performance of the exterior, which will prevent condensation inside the building. Purple and yellow spray foam has been applied and pre-cast concrete panels will follow. Once complete, the new exterior will match the existing look of the building.

City News went behind the scenes to find out more about this project to protect the more than 800,000 rare books contained within. [watch the clip]

Entrance to the Fisher Library during renovations

During construction, entrance to the Fisher Library will be through either the east or west staircase of Robarts Library at various times during the project. Signage will be posted regarding these changes as they occur. The main entrance from St. George Street to Robarts Library will be accessible at all times.

Current status of the entrance

The east staircase is open. The west staircase is closed.  

Timelines and construction updates

The renovations are expected to be completed by April 2017.

Every effort will be made to minimize disruption during the process. Construction updates will be posted to this page over the course of the project.

Thank you for your understanding as we complete these critical repairs to protect the rare and irreplaceable cultural and historical treasures housed within the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Questions? 

Please contact Margaret Wall, Library Administration: 416-978-1757 | margaret.wall@utoronto.ca