Libraries and Archives

[scent free environment]

Please be advised that the Bishop White Committee Library of East Asia will be closed from Friday August 11 until at least Tuesday August 22 (or until further notice). This disruption is due to building maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call 416-586-5595 or email library@rom.on.ca for information and assistance.

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

As a member of the University of Toronto Library system, ROM library holdings can be searched via 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.

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

    • arts & archaeology of western cultures and Indigenous peoples of the Americas
    • earth sciences - geology, geochronology, mineralogy
    • life sciences - botany, entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, zoology
    • palaeontology
    • museology
Bishop White Committee Library of East Asia
Far Eastern Library

 

  • hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm
  • access: via the Museum staff entrance on south side of ROM building
  • collection focus:

    • arts & archaeology of Asian, Egyptian, Near & Middle Eastern cultures
  • Note: To ensure access, please call ahead at 416-586-5718
Museum Archives
  • hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm
  • access: via the Museum entrance on Bloor Street
  • collection focus:

    • documents relating to the institutional history of the ROM, including manuscripts and photographs