Resumption of Services

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is providing limited reproduction, reference and research services to patrons. In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment, we ask all prospective researchers to read the following instructions. Failure to comply with these protocols will result in a withdrawal of library privileges.

Reproduction Services

Depending on the condition of the item, researchers may request one of our staff to reproduce up to 50 images (a double spread book opening will count as one image) every 2 weeks, or a total of 100 pages monthly, by accessing this link:

Scanning Reference Assistance

The reproduction of archival and published materials is subject to the stipulations of Canadian copyright laws.

Copies will be sent via email using Dropbox or another file sharing program. The fulfillment of orders will depend on the number of requests received, but we will try to complete orders within two weeks of submission.

Those wishing to have digital images taken from modern archival collections must first consult with the Director, Loryl MacDonald at loryl.macdonald@utoronto.ca.

In-Person Visits

Physical access to the collections will be by appointment only. Researchers must first apply to the appropriate reference archivist, librarian, or the department head, listed below, explaining the need to consult the physical copy. Click on the name to send an e-mail.

Reformation, Censorship, Theology - P.J. Carefoote (Department Head)

Science & Medicine - Alexandra Carter

Latin American Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, Early Books - David Fernández

Classics, Medieval Studies, Early Books - Timothy Perry

Archives, Authors' Papers - Natalya Rattan

English Literature, Cookery, Women’s Studies, Ephemera - Liz Ridolfo

General History, Jewish Studies: Nadav Sharon

Small & Fine Press, Artists’ books - John Shoesmith

German, Art  - Danielle Van Wagner

General Inquiries - Fisher general e-mail

Because of the restriction on numbers of persons allowed in the library at any given time, researchers are limited to no more than five hours in the reading room per week.

Since the library remains closed to the general public, researchers will be met at the library doors promptly at the time of the appointment given them by library staff who will then escort them to the reading room. All researchers must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the duration of their visit to the library, including when working in the reading room.

The Reading Room will be accessible Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only, and approved researchers will be able to apply for appointments on those days, between 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.

Retrieval requests must be submitted before noon on the day before the approved visit.

If you have any other questions, please contact the department head, P.J. Carefoote.