Discover the Fifth Floor: Arts and Special Collections Saturday Talks in May

April 27, 2018 | Bill V.

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The fifth floor of the Toronto Reference Library has two separate departments, Arts and also Special Collections in the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre.

On several Saturdays in May both departments will be hosting "Discover Talks" which last for 30 minutes each from 2-2:30 p.m. for Special Collections and from 2:30-3 p.m. for Arts.

These are free talks and you're welcome to come to one or both – there's no registration needed for either one. Just come up to the fifth floor. Why not join us, all are welcome, and get some insight into aspects of the collection you may not know about!

May 5:

2-2:30 p.m.  Special Collections – Building the Chinese Canadian Archive

2:30-3 p.m.  Arts – Textiles 

Chinese Canadian Archive photographs


May 12

2-2:30 p.m. Special Collections – Chinese Canadian Writers

(you may also be interested in this program The Unceasing Storm: Celebrate the Chinese-Canadian Archive with Jan Wong)

2:30-3 p.m. Arts – Photography "Everything We Have on Shelley Niro (So Far)" 

Shelley Niro


May 19 

2-2:30 p.m. Special Collections – Panoramic photographs from the Canadian Documentary Art Collection 

2:30-3 p.m. Arts – Theatre and Canadian Theatre Production Index  

Panoramic view  Toronto Harbour  1907

Panoramic view, Toronto Harbour, 1907


May 26 

2:30 - 3 p.m.  Arts – Landscape Architecture 

Landscape Design books

Did you know that the fifth floor Arts Department also has 30,000 music scores (most of which you can borrow)?

The 5th floor has Toronto Public Library's largest circulating DVD collection of 10,000 documentary, performance, history, and TV shows all of which you can borrow (you can place them on hold too)! It makes a great browsing experience – and we also have a large circulating feature collection in the Browsery on the first floor.