Libraries and Archives

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Libraries & Archives are open each weekday, except holidays. As reference libraries, our collections are predominantly non-circulating, materials are in-library use only. Researchers are encouraged to contact our staff ahead of their intended visit so that we can assure the availability of resources.

As an affiliated library within the University of Toronto Library system, ROM library holdings can be searched via the University of Toronto online catalogue.

[scent free environment]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's main entrance on Bloor Street or Queen's Park (identify yourself as a Library patron at the concierge). Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact our staff ahead of their intended visit so that we can assure the availability of resources.
  • contact: 416-586-5595 or email
  • 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: ONLY via the Museum's staff entrance on the south side of ROM building (check-in at the security desk; valid photo-ID required). Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact our staff ahead of their intended visit so that we can assure the availability of resources.
  • note: to ensure access, please call ahead at 416-586-5718 or email
  • collection focus:

    • arts & archaeology of Asian, Egyptian, Near & Middle Eastern cultures
Museum Archives
  • hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm
  • access: via the Museum's main entrance on Bloor Street or Queen's Park (identify yourself as an Archives patron at the concierge). Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact our staff ahead of their intended visit so that we can assure the availability of resources.
  • contact: 416-586-5595 or email
  • collection focus:

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