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Creating Moments of Discovery with Extraordinary Collections

Rare Books and Special Collections

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Visual Arts Collection

ֱ Archives

In September 2016, the ֱ Library brought its four rare collection units—Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, the Visual Art Collection, and Archives & Record Management—together under one umbrella. Together, the unified “ROAAr” group helps showcase the unique holdings within each of the four branches through cross-unit collaboration, strengthening and distinguishing their rich collections and the Library as a whole.

The logo, designed by Digital Library Services’ Greg Houston, mirrors the tenacity of ROAAr’s mission; it is a Venetian lion, inspired by a limestone carving that sits atop the old Redpath Library Building, perched on a book, symbolizing power, wisdom and justice.

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