Libraries and Archives

[scent free environment]

The Royal Ontario Museum Libraries and Archives will be closed for the winter holidays from December 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

Regular hours resume on January 5, 2015.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Libraries & Archives are open to the general public each weekday, except holidays.  As reference libraries, our collections are non-circulating, materials are strictly in-library use only.

As part of the University of Toronto Library system, the ROM library holdings can be found through the University of Toronto online catalogue.

The ROM Libraries & Archives are scent-free environments, please refrain from using scented personal products when you come visit us.  We thank you for sharing the air.

Main Library
[Sackler Reading Room, Main Library]
  • hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm
  • access: via Museum entrance on Bloor Street
  • collection focus:

    • arts & archaeology of western cultures and of aboriginal peoples of North America
    • earth sciences - geology, geochronology, mineralogy
    • life sciences - botany, entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, zoology
    • palaeontology
Far Eastern Library
Far Eastern Library

 

  • hours: Monday-Friday, 1 pm-5 pm
  • access: via Museum staff entrance on south side of ROM building
  • collection focus:

    • arts & archaeology of Asian, Egyptian, Near & Middle Eastern cultures
  • Note: please call ahead, if possible: the library needs to close from time to time because of short-staffing

    • 416-586-5718 ext.3
    • (Materials still can be retrieved for use in the Main Library--however, immediate delivery is not assured)
Museum Archives
  • hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm
  • access: via Museum entrance on Bloor Street
  • collection focus:

    • historical documents relating to the Museum, including manuscripts and photographs