Libraries and Archives

[scent free environment]

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