Toronto is hiding one of the largest collections of Sherlock Holmes books

Via Vanity FairVia Mariellen

If you’re reading this, good work! You’ve found out that Toronto is hiding one of the foremost collections of Sherlock Holmes stories in the world. What a detective you are!

Actually though, most people don’t know that the top floor of the Toronto Reference Library is hiding something major. The Arthur Conan Doyle Room houses one of the most impressive collections of Sherlock Holmes works in the world. If you’re not so Sherlock, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the stories.

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The room is decorated to resemble Sherlock’s 221B Baker Street apartment. From a Persian rug to Victorian chairs, it’s like stepping into old London. Additionally, it’s filled to the brim with knickknacks worn by actors playing him. Think deerstalker hats and pipes.

Of course, the room is stocked with books, stories, and essays. Obviously, Sherlock stories are everywhere. There’s even early “fan fiction” of Sherlock, written by Mark Twain.

Although the materials are rare, visitors are welcome to touch, open, and read at their leisure. Go for it, detective!


Where: Marilyn & Charles Bailie Special Collections Centre, 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St

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