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The Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library is a comprehensive reference centre for research in the field of ceramics. The collection was founded in 1988 when George R. Gardiner donated 387 books, periodicals, journals, and engravings relating to the history, production, style, and sources of European ceramics. Today the collection includes over 2,500 volumes, in addition to periodicals, international auction catalogues, rare books, engravings, and scrapbooks, as well as several special collections. The library’s strengths are a reflection of the collection of the Gardiner Museum, and recent additions include collections on contemporary ceramics, Asian porcelain, and the Ancient Americas.

The library catalogue is part of the University of Toronto Library System (UTCat).

Visiting the Library: The library is a non-circulating research collection, but we welcome everyone to visit our facilities, located in the Museum.



The library is open to visitors on Mondays from 10 am – 1 pm on a drop-in basis.  If you visit during these hours, it is not necessary to make an appointment. Note: The library closes on holiday Mondays. Should you wish to visit outside of library hours, please contact library@gardinermuseum.com to make an appointment. All visitors are asked to provide a piece of ID to access the library.

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