Pay a Visit to Sherlock Holmes

March 21, 2016 | Peggy

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Have you visited the new Arthur Conan Doyle Room yet? This latest version of the Toronto Public Library's tribute to Sherlock Holmes and his creator opened to the public just two years ago. It's located in the Charles & Marilyn Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library and is open during all regular library hours.

Room interior

Why visit? Well, people visit for many different reasons.

Some are diehard fans that spend hours in the room reading and browsing the wide selection of materials. These include Sherlock Holmes stories by Conan Doyle and other authors, Conan Doyle's many other works, and even books for young readers.  

The Hound of the Baskervilles first English edition   Round the Red Lamp by Arthur Conan Doyle   MX book of new SH stories   Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock 

Some are writers and students that use the Conan Doyle Collection's primary resources and non-fiction works for school projects, research papers and books.

    Conan Doyle letter to H. Greenhough Smith, 1912   Investigating Sherlock by Nikki Stafford   Arthur Conan Doyle and two men, Ottawa, 1914 July 2

Some are casual visitors who just want to see the curious collection of books and objects.

   Arthur Conan Doyle maquette   Sherlock Holmes by James Black, 1974   Bearlock Holmes

 Some come for a quiet game of chess in the room's Victorian atmosphere.

   Arthur Conan Doyle Room study area

Many come back with friends visiting from out of town to show them this free and friendly Toronto attraction.

We'd love to welcome you to Holmes' home in Toronto. In the words of the Great Detective, "Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same."