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.


What's in our Collection?

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


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] 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.

Harmful language in cataloguing and collections

The collections and information systems of the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives reflect the deep biases of the institutional and cultural context in which we work.

Archival and library cataloguing practice compels us to maintain the historical language of documents and publications in its original form, in order to preserve the context of creation and allow for critical assessment by contemporary researchers. Book and exhibition titles from the past are examples of language we cannot change, but we acknowledge that some of this language is offensive and hurtful.

Standardized cataloguing terms and descriptive practices are shaped by the same biases, but we have greater power and responsibility to change these. The staff of the Library & Archives is working steadily to revise our cataloguing practices using respectful and inclusive language, and to incorporate anti-bias principles in our work going forward. Ongoing efforts include monitoring changes to Library of Congress terms, the development and addition of local subject headings, and policy development for harmful language in archives.

We actively welcome feedback from all sources so we can listen, learn, and adjust our practices.


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
Library & Archives Unshelved: Multiverse of Multiples
Wednesday November 29, 2023 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.

Special Events
Introduction to Archival Research
Wednesday, October 25, 6-8 PM

Join the AGO’s archivists for an approachable workshop that will introduce participants to the basics of archival research.

Special Events
Library & Archives Unshelved: Back to School: Artists as Teachers and Students
Wednesday September 20, 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.

Multisensory Museum Workshop
Wednesday May 3, 6 - 8 PM

How can artists create more accessible and inclusive experiences of their work?

Close Looking: The Shadow of the Year with poems by Florence Wyle and wood engravings by Rosemary Kilbourn
Monday, April 17, 11 am

Close looking is an online monthly series that invites people to spend time with artworks from the AGO Collection - observing their details, discussing their creation, history and the artist’s inte

AGO Archives of Murray Frum and William Withrow at the opening of African Majesty in 1981
Monday, March 6, 11 AM

Join us to see the ways art reveals and shapes the world in which we live.

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.

Close Looking: The Jack Pollock fonds
Monday, December 5, 11 am

Close looking is an online discussion series that invites people to spend time with a single work from the AGO Collection - observing its details, discussing its

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.

Close Looking: A Book-Cover Design by Alice C. Morse
Monday, July 4, 11:00 am

Close looking is an online discussion series that invites people to spend time with a single work from the AGO Collection - observing its details, discussing its

Close Looking: The Book of Job
Monday, January 24, 11:00 am

Join Erin Rutherford, Collection Development Librarian, as she discusses The Book of Job (1902) from the Collection of the E. P.

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