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Membership & Passes

All Library users must either show a valid FRL membership or purchase a day pass to use the Library.

Ordering Day Passes and Memberships 
Purchase your Library membership or passes online, in person at the Film Reference Library during open public hours, or fax or mail a completed, printable membership form. Please note that a $4.50 service charge will automatically be added to any online orders. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print these files. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

Mail or fax your completed form to:

The Film Reference Library
2 Carlton Street
East Mezzanine
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1J3
Attention:  Library Manager
Fax: (416) 967-0628

The Film Reference Library offers an extraordinary, valuable asset ... an extensive library of literature on the cinema and films on video. Its books, periodicals, films and archival holdings make it a rich research source, particularly in the area of Canadian cinema. For developing filmmakers and scholars as well as established, professional researchers, it is an essential resource.
Blaine Allan, department head, Film Studies, Queens University

Membership benefits

Library members receive free access to some resources, like the viewing stations and other valuable perks, such as advance booking. 

One of the Film Reference Librarys best resources is its staff. All users benefit from their reference and research expertise and their interest in and knowledge of film and film-related subjects. Members who use the FRL regularly claim the added advantage that Library staff get to know their projects and areas of interest.

If I want to watch a video for research, or I have a film industry question or simply wish to read a periodical, I go to the Film Reference Library; it is a wonderful resource. Why? Pure and simple: the staff. They know the reference material, resources and collection inside and out, and always point me in the right direction in a fraction of the time anyone else could ... over and over again ... and I'm grateful.
Jeff James, screenwriter and Library member

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Membership and pass fees

All fees are subject to change. All sales are final. No refunds. 
GST is included in membership and day pass fees. GST# 11930 4541 RT0001

The following categories of annual membership are available:

  $40.00 - annual membership  
  $20.00 - discounted annual membership for students or seniors  
  $150.00 - industry/institution membership

Appropriate student or senior ID must be shown to purchase one of the discounted Film Reference Library memberships. Industry/institution memberships are nontransferable for up to five individuals; an additional fee applies to more than five people.

Day passes  
Day passes are available for purchase in person at the FRL:

Individual day pass - $7.00 
Student or senior day pass - $5.00

Fee-for-use and membership rates are determined on a cost-recovery basis. The Film Reference Library is a not-for-profit, specialized library service and fees are allocated to maintaining the collection. A limited number of discounted memberships will be made available based on demonstration of financial need. For more information, please contact the Senior Manager at (416) 967-1517.

  • To read more about general Film Reference Library user information and policies, go to the User Guide & Policies
  • To learn how you can make a charitable gift to the Film Reference Library and the Toronto International Film Festival Group, visit our Get Involved section under Individuals & Foundations.

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