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Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy

Entry updated 31 August 2021. Tagged: Community.

Founded in 1970 by Toronto Public Library in Canada, to house a major donation by sf author and anthologist Judith Merril and substantially added to since, mostly during the long successful tenure from 1986 to 2017 of Lorna Toolis as its head; known as the Spaced Out Library until 1 January 1991, and housed from September 1995 in a Special Collections building at 239 College Street in central Toronto, which also holds the Osborne Collection of children's literature. With nearly 100,000 individual items by 2021, this Collection is one of the world's more important sf research libraries. Among its holdings are many complete runs of Pulp magazines, a full set of Arkham House publications, a strong Jules Verne collection, and a growing coverage of Graphic Novels. The once quarterly/now annual newsletter of the library's Friends is Sol Rising. [PN/JC]


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