Toronto Public Library Announces 2016 TD Gallery Season Starting with Special Collections: A to Z

February 23, 2016 | Media Relations

Comments (0)

image from


Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce the 2016 TD Gallery season, beginning with Special Collections: A to Z, a new exhibit showcasing an alphabet of curiosities from Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections – from Arctic Exploration to Zero Gravity.

Explore an eclectic array of items including rare first-edition books, original artwork, games, costume designs and much more. The exhibit features materials from the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Baldwin Collection of Canadiana, Special Collections in the Arts, Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy, and the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.

PLUS - discover more about the treasures in our stacks through free guided tours, weekly talks about an alphabet of topics and an engaging discussion with authors who used Special Collections in their work.

The 2016 TD Gallery season is generously sponsored by TD Bank Group and will feature three other exhibits highlighting our diverse and unique collections, from photographic portraits of Torontonians, to beautiful historical maps, to classic fairy and folk tales: The Changing Face of Toronto (May 14 – July 23, 2016), Art of Cartography (August 13 – October 16, 2016), and Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales from the Osborne Collection (November 5 – January 8, 2017).

Visit for more details.

Exhibit Highlights:

  • Literary treasures like first-edition copies of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, are displayed alongside more obscure and intriguing items, like beautifully carved hornbooks, once used by children to learn the alphabet.
  • Some items relate to the history of the city – from the first unofficial newspaper published in Toronto (then the city of York), to photographs from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive of Yorkville when it was the heart of Toronto’s counterculture in the 1960s.
  • Other items speak to the global scope of the library’s collections – an illustrated 17th century map of the North Pole, woodblock prints of Japanese Kabuki productions and a rare 15th century illuminated copy of Metamorphoses, a Roman novel by Apuleius.

Guided Tours – Every Tuesday at 2 pm in the TD Gallery; all welcome.


Related Programming

In Conversation: Terry Fallis and Linda Granfield

D is for Discover Special Collections


About the TD Gallery in the Toronto Reference Library

A relaxed, contemporary exhibit space at the heart of the city, the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library is a space for Torontonians and visitors alike to connect with our collective cultural memory. Stories are told and histories explored through rare and unique items – including art, manuscripts, sculpture, books and artifacts – curated from more than four million pieces collected by the library since 1884. Many exhibits also feature complementary contributions from cultural and community partners.

About TD Bank Group

TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2014, TD donated over $82 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For more information, please visit

About Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 18 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow more than 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.


Media Contact:

Tita Zierer, Communications, 416-397-5973