OLA Special Libraries Tour: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library


The new OLA Special Libraries Committee will be kicking off the term with a free tour of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto this September. Dig into an exciting collection of rare books and other materials representing a variety of subject areas including but are not limited to: Canadiana, history of medicine, history of science, English literature and print and book history. The tour will begin upstairs on the second floor (the main exhibition area) where guiding librarian John Shoesmith will discuss the library, its workings, its history and the collections. The group will then move downstairs to the Maclean Hunter Room to see books and material from the collection. Participants will also view highlights from past exhibitions.

Location: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario  Canada, M5S 1A5 (South of Robarts Library at the University of Toronto Libraries main building)
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 [New date]
Time: 6:00 PM
Host: John Shoesmith, Outreach Librarian
Cost: OLA members – FREE, Non-members – STILL FREE
Registration: OLA Events
(Space is limited! Maximum 20 people. Non-OLA members will need to create a myOLA account to register for the event.)

About the Library
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library houses the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, founded in 1955. The present building was opened in 1973 and is named in honour of Thomas Fisher (1792–1874), who came from Yorkshire to Upper Canada in 1821. In 1973 his great-grandsons, Sidney and Charles Fisher, donated to the Library their collections of Shakespeare, various twentieth-century authors, and the etchings of the seventeenth-century artist, Wenceslaus Hollar. Since that time the Library has grown to approximately 600,000 volumes and 2500 linear metres of manuscript holdings.

The collections of books, manuscripts and other materials are many and varied, reflecting the wide diversity of teaching and research conducted at the University of Toronto by its own faculty and students, visiting scholars, and the general public. Chronologically, the range is from a 1789 BCE Babylonian cuneiform tablet from Ur, to the works of contemporary Canadian writers.

Additional information on the library and its collections can be found on its website.

Questions about the tour? Send us an email at slc@accessola.com.