The AGO’s Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives
Welcome to the library and archives
As of July 2013, the Library & Archives welcomes visitors by appointment. This change in policy allows us to provide more personalized service to visiting researchers.
Appointments can be made within the hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:45 pm (during the academic year, Sept - June, we are also open Wednesday nights until 8:00 pm).
To request an appointment, please send an email to email@example.com, with a brief description of your topic of research, and the date and time that you would like to use the library. A librarian will contact you within one business day to arrange the details of your visit. Appointments may also be made by leaving a phone message at 416-979-6642.
Please note that the library no longer answers email or telephone reference questions.
Book collections are searchable through our online catalogue. Special collections holdings may be browsed using the alphabetical list. This list include links to detailed online finding aids where applicable. AGO archives document the history of Gallery since 1900 and the Grange house since 1820. For more information on archives and special collections, or to book an appointment, please contact archives staff.
Our Research Pathfinders will help you find the best books and articles for selected topics related to the AGO’s art collection.
Laptops and Cameras Welcome
Our reading room is equipped with Wifi and electrical outlets at each table. Three computer workstations are available for use in the general reference area.
Researchers are welcome to use their own digital cameras to make reproductions for research use only.
Photocopying facilities are available.
Ontario College of Art & Design University
We serve as the adjunct art history library for OCAD University.
If you are an OCAD graduate student or faculty member read our Orientation Guide for OCAD Library Affiliates for more information.
Hours and Directions
We’re located on the concourse level of the AGO, accessible through the Weston Family Learning Centre.
- Enter the Gallery through the main doors.
- Turn right and walk past the coat check area (or check your coat and bag first).
- Head down the stairs and through the Weston Family Learning Centre to get to the library.
View a floor plan of the AGO.
E.P. Taylor Research Library and Archives Hours of Operation (by appointment only):
|Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday & Friday||Saturday – Sunday|
|E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives||CLOSED||10 am – 4:45 pm||10 am – 8 pm (Sept &nash; June)
10 am – 4:45 pm (July & Aug)
|10 am – 4:45 pm||CLOSED|
|Tuesday, December 23||10 am – 4:45 pm|
|Wednesday, December 24 – Monday, December 29||Closed|
|Tuesday, December 30||10 am – 4:45 pm|
|Wednesday, December 31||10 – 4 pm|
|Thursday, January 1, 2015||Closed|
|Friday, January 2, 2015||10 am – 4:45 pm|
Contacting the Research Library & Archives
Located in the Chalmers Wing (basement level), 317 Dundas Street West.
Phone: 416 979 6642
Fax: 416 979 6602
Art Gallery of Ontario
E.P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
317 Dundas Street West