About the Library



About the Library

We would like to acknowledge the key role that Gerald Pratley (1923–2011) played in the establishment of the Film Reference Library. Pratley was a true champion of film and a tireless leader. As Founder of the Ontario Film Institute, he ensured that a collection of materials indispensable to film education, production, and research became housed and preserved for future generations. In 1990, the Province of Ontario selected TIFF to be the guardian of the Ontario Film Institute, granting its holdings of film prints and film resources and prompting the creation of TIFF’s Film Reference Library.

Hours and Location

Film Reference Library and CIBC Canadian Film Gallery

4th Floor, TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West, Toronto
416-599-8433 ext. 2 | libraryservices@tiff.net

The TIFF Film Reference Library will be accepting research appointments starting September 21, 2021.

If you require in-person access to our holdings, we are providing appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12pm to 5pm.

Please contact libraryservices@tiff.net to book an appointment or request research assistance. We recommend booking at least two days in advance when possible, to ensure the requested materials can be made accessible.

Library patrons are required to prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof includes a vaccination receipt administered by Ontario Health or your local health care provider. Proof can be in email form, on a mobile device, or via hard copy. The information must include your full name and the date of the vaccination or test. Ontario residents will have received confirmation of their first and second dose via email or mail. If confirmation was received by email, please search “Dose Administration” to find it on a mobile device; if received by mail, please bring a copy with you on the day and time of your event. For all other residents, please bring your version of this update. This might be a vaccine passport or card or an email from your province, state, or country.

In addition, masks are required at all times while inside the Library.

The Library will continue to provide virtual reference services via phone at 416-599-8433 ext. 2 and via email.

The Film Reference Library will be closed for the holidays from December 24th until January 3rd. We will reopen by appointment on January 4th.


12pm–5pm by appointment
12pm–5pm by appointment
12pm–5pm by appointment

Our Affiliations

Fédération International des Archives du Film

Association of Moving Image Archivists

Canadian Museums Association

Cinémathèque québécoise

Ontario Museum Association

Ontario Library Association

Library in the News

Tour the library in this interview with Senior Manager & Special Collections manager - What She Said!

10 Unique Items From the TIFF Film Reference Library - The Review

Inside the Film Reference Library at the TIFF Bell Lightbox - Blog TO

Interview with Library Director on "In Love with the Stars" Exhibition - FAJO Magazine

A proud affiliate member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the Film Reference Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to a comprehensive collection of materials – including 35mm films – to promote Canadian and international film scholarship.

Film Reference Library and CIBC Canadian Film Gallery
4th floor, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto
416-599-8433 ext. 2 |