Posted on February 6, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’d feel guilty for sharing an Atlas Obscura piece about a fascinating library while the world was still in a pandemic — except that it includes ways to virtually access the collections.

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is home to the University of Toronto’s rare and special collections, which any visitor is welcome to request and actually handle (in normal times, that is).

Some of the pieces highlighted in the Atlas Obscura article: a 1551 edition of Cicero’s Book of Natural History, various Alice in Wonderland editions, historical printings of Shakespeare’s works, and ancient papyrus writings.

The good news, as we said earlier, is that the library has over 7,300 photos of its collection available to browse on Flickr.

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