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 The Library of the RCMI

With over 15,000 volumes, the collection forms a corpus of military history, science and art maintained as a reference source, the largest privately funded and maintained library of its kind in Canada, and one of the larger in North America. Its wide range of subject matter: Army, Navy, Air Force, training and equipment, tactics and strategy, uniforms, medals, war art and poetry, allows a detailed study of subjects not readily found elsewhere.

The Library is available to the public, for reference use only, by appointment.  Research projects cannot be undertaken by the Librarian, but help will be given including making material available to the user.  Members have borrowing privileges, and may take out books on loan.


A professional Librarian is on staff part-time to design and maintain the database, catalogue the collection and fulfill interlibrary loan requests. She also handles day-to-day operations, responds to reference queries, and ensures the safekeeping of the collection.

A black and white photo of the library from 1935 showing the fireplace and comfy chairs.         Librarian's Hours
Monday & Tuesday: 900-1700
Wednesday: 900 - 1600
Librarian: Ms Penny Lipman, B.A., M.L.S.     Telephone: 416 597-0286 ext. 128                     Email: penny.lipman@rcmi.org 
A view of the new library, showing the fireplace and 4 red leather comfy chairs.

The Library is fully automated and the searchable "Online Public Access Catalogue" is available here.