Special Collections

The Kelly Library Special Collections chiefly consist of archival, manuscript, and rare books collections. All items in Special Collections are non-circulating and can only be used in the Special Collections Reading Room.

COVID-19 Notice

COVID19 NOTICE

The Reading Room is now open, by appointment only, to active students, faculty and staff. Please email us to book an appointment.

specialcollections.kellylibrary@utoronto.ca.

Patrons must abide by the Kelly Library’s COVID-19 protocols when visiting the Special Collections Reading Room.


The Reading Room is now open to active University of Toronto students, faculty, and staff. Please email us for an appointment and we will do our best to accommodate you. Seating is limited.

Before visiting, you are warmly encouraged to review our Procedures & Handling Guidelines. Rare materials damage easily. But if well-treated they can last many generations and, in some cases, hundreds of years.

Although the Reading Room is closed, we are still accepting Reproductions requests and are happy to answer research questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out.