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

Our hours of service are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. The Reading Room will close from 12:00pm - 1:00pm for cleaning of the workstations and microfilm readers between appointments.

Click to know more about Family History

Follow this link to learn how to trace your family history using the records held by the Archives of Ontario

Click to know more about Education

The Archives of Ontario brings education to life with resources and online lesson plans

Click to know about What We Have

Explore the Archives' collections using our research guides and various Databases

At Centre Stage...

Ontario Society of Artists logo

Check out exhibits, events, and resources to learn more about the fascinating history of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) – Canada’s oldest continuously operating professional art society. Click to learn how the Government of Ontario Art Collection and Archives of Ontario are supporting creativity in Ontario.

Detail from Stratford — a colourful, geometric painting created by Donald Lewis circa 1968 and featuring Shakespeare and theatre imagery to depict Stratford, Ontario

It’s showtime! Explore our latest online exhibit that traces the development of Ontario’s live theatre scene over the past 200 years and puts the past and present importance of the dramatic arts at centre stage.

Mary Branton holding a book

We’re pleased to share that the Alvin D. McCurdy fonds (F 2076) has been inscribed on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Canada Memory of the World Register. This is a first for one of our collections and demonstrates the importance of the McCurdy fonds to the collective history of Canada.

Photo of a man looking at a microfilm reel with a magnifying glass

Explore some of our most popular microfilm collections online! FamilySearch International has digitized these collections for you to access free of charge through the FamilySearch website. Learn more.

Puzzle depicting a Costumed woman in Caribana parade, Toronto

Discover amazing records from the Archives of Ontario’s collections and put your puzzling skills to the test.

Fans at a Beatles concert at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, September 7, 1964 (F 4695-1, NGC00095A)

Exciting news, researchers! We’re giving our research guides an updated look and added a new one to help you locate popular ethno-cultural records from our collections. Click here to take a look!