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 |

To protect our patron’s safety during this time, the TIFF Film Reference library is closed to walk in visitors. Library services are available virtually via email. If you require in-person access to our holdings, we are providing appointment only access on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-5pm with limited time slots.

Please contact to book an appointment or request research assistance.

12pm-5pm *appointment only
12pm-5pm *appointment only
12pm-5pm *appointment only

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 |