Ontario Textbook Collection

Collection overview

The Ontario Textbook Collection includes elementary and secondary school texts approved for use in Ontario circa 1846 to 1970, as well as some materials used in nineteenth-century schools which were not authorized by the Ontario Department of Education. Beginning in 1887, authorized and approved textbooks were listed on the annual department publication, Circular 14.

Supporting this collection are other holdings of textbooks including post-1970 texts deleted from the approval lists.


Access to the collection is by appointment only.

Borrowing privileges

Materials in the Ontario Textbook Collection may not be borrowed.  A staff member will determine if the condition of the material will allow it to be scanned or  photocopied.

Finding resources

Find specific titles in this collection by searching the library catalogue.  Please contact OISE Reference staff at oise.library@utoronto.ca for additional assistance.


For further information or to book an appointment contact us at oise.library@utoronto.ca