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Royal Ontario Museum: Royal Ontario Museum Libraries

Research access guide for the Royal Ontario Museum.

General Information

Facility: Royal Ontario Museum Libraries
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
Phone: (416) 586-5595 or (416) 586-5718
FAX: (416) 586-5519 or (416) 586-5877
Email: or
Hours: Hours of operation

About the libraries:

The Royal Ontario Museum Libraries are reference libraries open to the public. As such, their collections are non-circulating. There are two libraries and an archives, all located within the Royal Ontario Museum. Their collections can be accessed online through the University of Toronto's online catalogue.

The two Royal Ontario Museum Libraries are the Main Library and the Far Eastern Library. For more information regarding the Asian collection, please contact that Far Eastern librarian at (416) 586-5718 ext. 2 or by email.

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Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of June 2014 the library contained nearly 132,000 volumes of which approximately 4,600 items are in Japanese. The Main Library's collections focus on western arts & archaeology, as well as the earth and life sciences. The Far Eastern Library's collections focus primarily on the arts & archaeology of Asian, Egyptian, and Near & Middle Eastern cultures. The ROM Archives' collections focus on historical documents relating to the museum.


Online catalog:


A database of images of material from the Royal Ontario Museum's collections.

A collection of images from the Royal Ontario Museum's rare book collections, digitized for use by researchers worldwide.

ROM Magazine indexes by author, subject, and volume, as well as a collection of ROM Annual Reports from 1949 to 1958.

More recent ROM Annual Reports (1999/2000 and onwards), as well as policies set by the Board of Trustees.

How to Use the Facility

Using the Collections

The ROM Libraries are open and free for public use. The Far Eastern Library is occasionally required to close due to understaffing, and requests that patrons call in advance of visits if possible in order to ensure access to the materials. Far Eastern Library materials may also be requested in the Main Library, although immediate retrieval is not guaranteed.

Please note: the ROM Libraries are scent-free environments. Patrons are asked to please refrain from using personal scented products when visiting the libraries or archives.

Photocopying and Scanning

Scanning is free of charge, and requires a USB mobile storage device to save files. One overhead, self-service book scanner and one flatbed scanner are available in both libraries for use. Photocopying is also available in both libraries, at a cost of $0.15 per black-and-white page, while color photocopying is available in the Far Eastern Library for $1.00 per page. Public access computer terminals also allow color printing at $1.00 per page in each library.

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