Fisher Online Exhibits

Flickering of the Flame image

This exhibition, Flickering of the Flame: Print and the Reformation, explores the evolution of the Reformation and its propogation in text and the arts. The exhibition draws from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library's outstanding collection of early theological and religious works, as well as loans from private collections and other institutions, with works dating primarily between 1517 and 1648.

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Drawing on the rich printed and manuscript resources of the Fisher Library, this exhibition approaches horticultural history from the particular viewpoint of how people learn to cultivate plants – both historically and as individual gardeners today

Image from a Bruce Rogers designed book

For this exhibition on legendary American book designer Bruce Rogers, the title "Humane Letters" is a succinct description of his career. BR,as he was called by most who knew him, attempted to design and produce books that were not only readable but works of craft and art: a congruence of paper, type, ink, and binding pleasing to handle and behold. That he succeeded magnificently in this endeavour is readily apparent in this exhibition.

This exhibition provides highlights from the exhibition held at The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 24 September to 21 December 2007.

Communist Manifesto cover

This digital exhibition is a selection of items exhibited at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, January 24 to April 29, 2005.  The online exhibition was prepared by Susan Chater


To commemorate Remembrance Day, the Fisher Rare Book Library has digitized and presented select items from our collections, which focus on the diverse experiences of the Great War. 

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An online exhibition of highlights from the Fisher Library's history of science collections, mounted digitally for Science Literacy Week 2020.

This exhibition examines Christmas through the lens of printed works. This virtual exhibition was created in November 2020 by Pearce Carefoote. 

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This exhibition, Strength in Numbers: The CanLit Community, draws largely on the library’s rich literary archives to explore how Canadian literature has been shaped not just by the writers but an entire community, including editors, illustrators, agents and booksellers. Some of the highlights include: pages from the first handwritten draft of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale; letters from Lucy Maud Montgomery and Stephen Leacock; self-published works by Al Purdy and Crad Kilodney; and corrected galley proofs from Robertson Davies' Fifth Business.


This exhibition, Struggle and Story: Canada in Print, explores the history of Canada through works in print. This exhibition draws from the holdings of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library as well as material from the University of Toronto Archives and represents more than 120 years of collecting. 

This virtual exhibition mirrors the exhibition that was on display at the Fisher Library from March to September 2017, which correspond with the 150th anniversary of confederation. 

Shakespeare portrait

The Fısher Library’s exhibition and catalogue, ‘So Long Lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Work, 1616–2016, explores that rich history through contributions by four scholars who have generously given of their time and expertise.

This virtual exhibition mirrors the exhibition that was on display at the Fisher Library from January 25 to May 28 2016, which corresponded with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.