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.

Please note the Special Collections Reading Room will be closed the week of August 15th 2022. We will reopen Tuesday August 23rd.

The Special Collections Reading Room is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. by appointment only.

We appreciate as much advance notice as possible when booking appointments.

Please note that due to scheduling constraints it may be necessary to reschedule appointments at short notice. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we continue to navigate our return to regular procedures. We will be in touch with you directly if a change needs to be made to your scheduled time.

Please direct queries or appointment requests to:

specialcollections.kellylibrary@utoronto.ca


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.