Curator's Showcase

Discovery at your fingertips....

virtual book on computer

Come explore the Curator’s Showcase. We have digitized seven treasures from the Toronto Public Library’s rich and varied special collections, and added pictures, maps, notes and more.

Using the Library’s interactive software, you can virtually turn the pages of the books. You can zoom in on the digitized images and also find related texts, images and sounds. Other features specific to individual books are provided, such as transcriptions of handwritten pages. This project was inspired by the British Library Turning the Pages program.

To experience a touch sensitive version of the Showcase, visit the Special Collections Digital Kiosk at the Toronto Reference Library.

Touch here to enter the Showcase

To navigate the books:


Drag the lower right-hand corner to turn the page.



Click the orange icons on the pages to reveal pictures, maps, newspaper articles, and more.


You can also use the navigation bar to:

Move forward and backward within a book

Turn the orange icons on or off

Jump to another page

Zoom in to see a larger image

Rotate magnified page images

View the transcription of a handwritten page

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