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Welcome to the library and archives

E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives
E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives
E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives
E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives

Annual closing of Library for collections maintenance: The Library and Archives will be closed to the public for our annual collections maintenance from Monday August 22 to Friday September 2, re-opening on Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016.

The Library & Archives welcomes visitors by appointment. Appointments can be made within the hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 am to 5 pm, plus Wednesday evenings until 8 pm.

To request an appointment, please send an email to, 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.

Collections Information

Book collections are searchable through our online catalogue. Special collections holdings may be browsed using the alphabetical list. This list includes 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.

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E.P. Taylor Research Library and Archives Hours of Operation (appointments strongly recommended):

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday & Friday Saturday – Sunday
E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives CLOSED 10:30 am – 5 pm 10:30 am – 8 pm 10:30 am – 5 pm CLOSED
    Closed for lunch, 12 - 1 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
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1G4

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