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    • historical documents relating to the Museum, including manuscripts and photographs