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The Archives of Ontario is committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for its visitors and staff.

The Reading Room is open for in-person services by appointment only.

Our hours of service are: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

To support safe and efficient appointments to view materials in the Reading Room, pre-arrival reference interviews with a Reference Archivist are available in advance to discuss your visit, including the new COVID-19 onsite protocols, and pre-order your records or library items.

How to book an appointment:
Our new online appointment booking tool will ensure your health and safety and will allow you to spend less time waiting and more time researching!
Click here to book online now!

You can also email us at: reference@ontario.ca or call us at: 416-327-1600 or toll free: 1-800-668-9933 (Ontario only) to book an appointment to view materials in the Reading Room

What to expect for your visit:
City of Toronto By-Law 541-2020 wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces, which includes our building and Reading Room. Those with exemptions will be accommodated accordingly.

Please refer to the Reading Room Protocol (Word, PDF) for more information.

Request Processing:
Staff are continuing to address the reproduction requests received during the temporary closure. If you contacted us during this time and your request was deferred, a staff member will contact you regarding its status. Once full operations resume, all other requests will be processed in the order that they were received.

We will continue to respond to and process requests by email and mail under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) legislation.

Onsite Tours and Exhibitions:
Onsite group visits and tours will not resume at this time. Access to the George Spragge Classroom will remain closed until further notice.

During your research appointment at the Archives, you can also visit the ANIMALIA exhibit in the Helen McClung Exhibition Area.  The exhibit will reopen to self guided tours, with a limit of six persons in the Exhibition Area at a time. Our travelling exhibits are again available to borrow, click here for information. The Archives also offers virtual education workshops and online resources for educators and students, virtual tour presentations, and online exhibits.

We thank you for your co-operation and look forward to seeing you soon!


Last Updated: November 19, 2021