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The Film Reference Library, with more than 17,000 book titles and 60,000 film files, holds the world's most extensive English language collection of Canadian film-related material plus the unique archival collections of Canada's most esteemed filmmakers. The Canadian Film Encyclopedia (CFE) includes over 750 film title, filmmaker and subject entries, covering some of Canada's foremost historical and contemporary films and filmmakers.

The Film Reference Library is a research centre for film studies and film appreciation.
 A membership or day pass is required to access the collection. Cost of membership supports the preservation and maintenance of this unique resource. To purchase an online membership, click here.

If you cannot visit the library in person, we are happy to fulfill your in-depth research request on an hourly fee basis. The FRL also offers several other fee-based services such as scanning, image reproduction, audio-visual duplication, and, photoduplication services. For an overview of our services, please click here.

Should you need to contact Library Services, please click here to fill out the query form.

FRL Open House
We invite you to tour the Film Reference Library during the Film Festival. The FRL is an important resource for the film industry, researchers and film fans alike. We have been open to the public since 1990 and play a key role in protecting Canada’s film history through our Special Collections, which archive the materials of filmmakers and other industry professionals. The Special Collections include production notes, artifacts, photographs, films and videos from acclaimed Canadian filmmakers and industry insiders such as David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Brian Linehan, Guy Maddin, Deepa Mehta and Patricia Rozema.


Tours of the library are on September 4-7 and 10-14 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Come in and see what we have to offer. We look forward to seeing you; please do not hesitate to contact us at 416 967-1517 x0, if you have any questions.

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