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John M. Kelly Library

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Overview: Kelly Library Collections

The Kelly Library Collection is particularly strong in the areas of philosophy, the history of Ireland, Celtic languages and literature, British and Canadian history, book history, English literature, and the history of the Middle Ages. The Catholic theological collection, perhaps the strongest such collection in Canada, emphasizes patristics, early and medieval church history, Thomism, the Bible (especially Canon, Johannine literature, and the history of criticism), liturgical renewal, religious education, and ecotheology.

The Kelly Library actively collaborates with the main university library in the selection, maintenance and delivery of one of the worlds most extensive collections of electronic scholarly resources.

Additionally, the Kelly Library maintains and develops a number of Archival and Manuscript Collections and Rare Book Collections for primary source research.

Archival and Manuscript Collections

The Archival and Manuscript Collections includes the papers of individuals and organizations collected by the Kelly Library for primary source research with particular emphasis on supporting the research and teaching mission of the College programs (Celtic studies, Christianity and Culture, Mediaeval Studies and the Book and Media Studies) and the Faculty of Theology. Read more »

Private papers that enrich the research component of the College programs including the papers of Canadian writer Sheila Watson and Marshall McLuhan bibliographer James Feeley, Irish politician Patrick O’Neill, The New Catholic Times Inc. fonds among others.  The Collection is particularly strong in the areas of Christianity, Christian spirituality and Catholicism. The archival collections that document the Christian spiritual and faith experience including the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research collection and records related to Jean Vanier and his communities of l’Arche and Faith and Sharing.  The department also houses archival collections that complement the Kelly Library Rare Book Collection including an extensive 19th French theatre collection and a small archives of intellectual and writer G.K. Chesterton.

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Archival and Manuscript Collections

Using Material from Our Archival and Manuscript Collections

All items in the Archival and Manuscript Collections are non-circulating and can only be used in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Tuesday to Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

An appointment is required.

Using the Archival and Manuscript Collections

Rare Books Collections

The Rare Books Collections include all works owned by the Library which were published before 1850 as well as later works which are exceptionally valuable, are numerically scarce, or have significant provenance. The collections are strongest in Catholic history and theology, but also include significant holdings in philosophy, Irish history, and French literature.

Collection Highlights


Book History Laboratory

The Rare Books Collections function as an effective laboratory for book history courses in the St. Michael’s College Book & Media Studies Program. Students can use items in the collections to learn more about bindings, paper, fonts, illustration formats, and provenance:.

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Rare Books Collections

Using the Rare Book Collections

All items in the Rare Book Collections are listed in the University of Toronto Libraries catalogue. Items are identified by their collection name in the location field.

All items in the Rare Book Collections are non-circulating and can only be used in the Special Collections Reading Room.


Books and Journals A-Z

Books

Books which can be borrowed are shelved on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Books are organized A-Z using the Library of Congress Classification system. For theology, religion, psychology and philosophy, you’ll likely need books beginning with B on the 3rd floor. The rest of our circulating collection—from C-Z on the 2nd floor—contains books on such subjects as history, social science, law, education, art, music, language, literature, and science.

Scholarly Journals.

Though you cannot borrow these you may look at them in the library. Back issues are organized by call number and mixed in with the books on the 2nd and 3rd floors, while recent issues are on the 2nd floor and arranged by title.

DVDs Collection

The Kelly Library acquires DVDs to support the various programs of St Michael’s College and the Faculty of Theology.

The collection currently numbers over 3500 titles, second in size at the University of Toronto only to the DVD collection at the UofT Media Commons. There are documentaries on art, history, science, and literature, as well as classic movies (especially foreign films) and some current releases. The Friends of the Kelly Library have been generous in donating funds to support acquistions for the collection.

Most DVDs owned by the Kelly Library are acquired for home-viewing only. They do not include public-performance rights (e.g. for classroom use).
DVDs circulate for a one-week loan. They cannot be renewed online or by telephone, but if you bring the DVD back to the library's Circulation Desk and no one has a hold on it, we will sign it out to you again for a second one-week loan.
Check the availability of an item by clicking on the title or the image. If the item is out to another patron, you can place a hold on it by clicking on Request. You can also Recommend a Title for the DVD collection.

By Director

Allen, Woody, born 1935

Almodovar, Pedro, born 1949

Anderson, Wes, born 1969

Antonioni, Michelangelo, 1912-2007

Arcand, Denys, born 1941

 

Bergman, Ingmar, 1918-2007

Bertolucci, Bernardo, born 1941

Boyle, Danny, born 1956

Bresson, Robert, 1901-1999

Buñuel, Luis, 1900-1983

Campion, Jane, born 1954

Clair, Rene, 1898-1981

Clouzot, Henri-Georges, 1907-1977

Coppola, Francis Ford, born 1939

De Sica, Vittorio, 1901-1974

Dreyer, Carl Theodor, 1889-1968

Egoyan, Atom, born 1960

Eisenstein, Sergei, 1898-1948

Fassbinder, Rainer Werner, born 1946

Fellini, Federico, 1920-1993

Ford, John, 1894-1973

Forman, Milos, born 1932

Gilliam, Terry, born 1940

Godard, Jean Luc, born 1930

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Herzog, Werner, born 1942

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Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980

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Holland, Agnieszka, born 1948

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Ivory, James, born 1928

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Jeunet, Jean-Pierre, born 1953

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Jordan, Neil, born 1950

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Kieslowski, Krzysztof, 1941-1996

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Kubrick, Stanley, 1928-1999

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Kurosawa, Akira, 1910-1998

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Lang, Fritz, 1890-1976

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Lean, David, 1908-1991

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Leigh, Mike, born 1943

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Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947

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Malle, Louis, 1932-1995

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Pasolini, Pier Paolo, 1922-1975

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Polanski, Roman, born 1933

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Ramsay, Lynne, born 1969

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Renoir, Jean, 1894-1979

Riefenstahl, Leni, 1902-2003

Rossellini, Roberto, 1906-1977

Schlondorff, Volker, born 1939

Scorsese, Martin, born 1942

Spielberg, Steven, born 1946

Sturridge, Charles, born 1951

Suzuki, Seijun, born 1923

Tarkovsky, Andrei, 1932-1986.

Truffaut, François, 1932-1984

Varda, Agnes, born 1928

Wajda, Andrzej, born 1926

Welles, Orson, 1915-1985

Wenders, Wim, born 1945

The Art and Artefact Collections include:

The Donovan Collection

John C. Meagher Coin and Greco-Roman Artefact and Manuscript Collection

Vatican Stamp Collection

Vladmir Glaz Collection

The Printing Room

See also

University Archives