University of Toronto Libraries at 125

In February 1890 a great fire devastated the University of Toronto and its library, which was housed in the University College building at the time. From the ashes of this tragic event a new library was built and a new collection of books assembled from donations spanning all corners of the globe. The opening of the first University of Toronto library building on King’s College Circle in October 1892 marked the beginning of the modern library system as we know it. Today, the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL)—one of the largest academic library systems in North America—has an international reputation for excellence in collections, services, scholarship, professional and academic expertise, and digital leadership.

This exhibition explores its history from 1892 to the present day.