Situated on the University of Toronto campus, the Thomas Fisher Library is certainly striking from the exterior. It's got that severe, highly angular architectural style that was so popular in the 1970s and makes it look like a supervillain's lair, or an alien spacecraft that's about to take off. But inside, the weight of several centuries' worth of literature overshadows any modernist design.
Did we say centuries? Make that millennia: the oldest manuscript in the library's holdings is a Babylonian cuneiform tablet dating back to 1789 B.C.E. It probably goes without saying that visitors don't exactly get free rein over these priceless pieces, but don't let that discourage you. Accessibility is central to the library's mission, and that includes finding a way to get the books that you seek into your hands without putting the materials at risk.
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