Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives

The E.P. Taylor Library & Archives is a leading Canadian centre for research in art.

The AGO Library is now open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Appointments will no longer be necessary for use of the main library collection. Access to rare books, archives and special collections is still by appointment. We strongly encourage researchers to wear a mask in consideration of other researchers and staff sharing the space. However, masks are not strictly required and we cannot guarantee a fully masked environment during public hours. Through our public programs, visitors can engage with our specialized collections and staff. The Library & Archives is open free of charge to the public. Our collections do not circulate.

To book an appointment for access to rare books, archives and special collections, please send an email to [email protected]

 


Search our online catalogue

Please use the online catalogue to search for book titles in advance of your visit.

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What's in our Collection?

Learn about the Library & Archives collection areas and view collection highlights.

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Digital Collections

A growing collection of digitized AGO exhibition catalogues and other publications is available through the Internet Archive library. Additional digital resources are available to staff and onsite visitors – please contact [email protected].ca for more information.

Library Hours


Using Archives and Special Collections

Detailed finding aids are available at the Library & Archives for most of the AGO’s institutional archives.

Special Collections holdings may be searched using our AGO AtoM database. This search tool is a work in progress and includes links to detailed online finding aids (in PDF format) where available. Please be aware that many finding aids remain in hard copy only. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


Donations to the Library & Archives Collection

The Library & Archives gratefully considers offers of gifts-in-kind to our rare books, artists’ books and archival collections. All gifts will be assessed in relation to the existing strengths of our collections and our capacity to care for and provide access to the collections as they grow. Please contact us at [email protected].

As of January 2023, we are not accepting gifts-in-kind to the Main library collection, i.e. general art books. This pause will provide time for us to process materials already donated, and to address space constraints. Donations of rare books and archival material, as well as monetary gifts in support of the Library & Archives, will still be considered during this time.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Library & Archives programs provide opportunities for members of the public to have meaningful encounters with the library and its collections. Past programs have included Wikipedia edit-a-thons, reading groups, displays and tours of archival materials, lectures, and hands-on workshops. All library programs are free of charge, and participants do not require a general admission ticket.

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Past Programs & Events

Special Events
Web Archiving for Artists and Cultural Workers
Thursday February 2, 2023

Join librarians Sarah Lake and Hélène Brousseau from Concordia University for an online web archiving workshop.

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Talks
Michael Snow: My Mother's Collection of Photographs
Wednesday, July 20, 6 - 8 pm

Join Michael Snow, Jean Gagnon and special guests for the launch of Snow's artist's book My Mother's Collection of Photographs.

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Talks
Close Looking: Canadian Wild Flowers
Monday, February 8, 11 am

Join Amy Furness, Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head, Library & Archives, as she discusses the AGO’s early editions of Catharine Parr Traill’s Canadian Wild Flowers (

Postponed
Special Events
Library & Archives Unshelved: Highlights from the AGO Archives
Wednesday April 1, 6 - 8 pm (drop-in)

This drop-in series, hosted by AGO librarians and archivists, gives visitors a first-hand glimpse of highlights from the Ed

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Special Events
Indigenous Arts Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Saturday March 28, 12 - 5 pm (talk and tutorial at 12:30)

Please join the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives and friends for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Indigenous arts and artists.

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Special Events
Copyright & Fair Dealing for Creative Women* Entrepreneurs
Wednesday March 25, 6 - 8 pm

Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, OCADU, 3rd Floor, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul

Special Events
Library & Archives Unshelved: Love-In
Wednesday February 26, 6 - 8 pm (drop-in)

This drop-in event hosted by AGO librarians and archivists gives visitors a first-hand glimpse of highlights from the Edward P.

Special Events
Artist File Fair with EMILIA-AMALIA, no. 2
Saturday November 30, 2019, 1 - 3 pm

In keeping with E-A’s year-long inquiry, this File Fair event is centred on inviting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), womxn and trans artists to start a file at the library, archive their contributions within Canadian art history and contribute to institutional memory.

Special Events
Library & Archives Unshelved: Highlights from the Rare Book Collection
Wednesday November 27, 6 - 8 pm (drop-in)

This  drop-in series, hosted by AGO librarians and archivists, gives visitors a first-hand glimpse of highlights from the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives collection. 

Talks
Legal Intersections #4: Setting up a Professional Practice
Monday November 4, 6 - 8 pm

Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, OCADU, 3rd Floor, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul

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