Revitalising the Arthur Conan Doyle Room

September 23, 2011 | Eric

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(Notice of closure Oct. 3, 2011)
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The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, the Toronto Public Library's  collection of materials devoted to Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has been open to the public since 1971. Since then the collection's unique setting in a Victorian-style room evoking Holmes and Watson's home at 221B Baker Street has attracted both local and international visitors. The Collection is one of the largest of its kinds and includes books, manuscripts, posters, magazines and memorabilia.

Part of the Toronto Reference Library's Re:vitilize project includes a new Arthur Conan Doyle Room which will be built within a new Special Collections Centre, increasing the Collection's profile and greatly improving access. Work on the new room begins on October 3rd. Until that time you can still come by to visit the existing Arthur Conan Doyle Room from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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In other Arthur Conan Doyle Collection news, The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection and the Bootmakers of Toronto will be holding a conference from October 13-16. "A Study in Scandal" is a symposium on the oftentimes controversial life of Arthur Conan Doyle and the culture of Victorian scandal, featuring international speakers, a ghost walk and more. This is just one of many events cosponsored by the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, a volunteer group that helps to support the collection through annual events, fundraising, and publications such as the newsletter The Magic Door. Please see for more information including details about the upcoming conference.