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We have over 3000 titles that you won’t find anywhere else in the city – books, DVDs, and more. From the ribald to the risque, we’ve got everything your inner bookworm could possibly desire. We also have a selection of valuable documentaries on notable figures in queer history, a wide range of archive material showcasing society’s changing thoughts on queer culture, a collection of children’s books, and many other great resources. Our library is proudly 100% volunteer-run and operated. 

Our new space began the circulation of materials in August 2017, prior to that we were located at 10 Carden Street. In the past year(s) we have expanded hours of operation and have hundreds more resources available. 

Currently Out On The Shelf membership is available for $10 per year which includes library membership and voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting. To sign up for a membership you must be at least 13 years of age. All you need to do is bring in either a valid driver’s license or a piece of mail with your name and address on it (e.g. a bill from a phone company, etc.).

Pamphlets & Resources

We have dozens of current and informative pamphlets and take-away literature on everything from safe sex to queer parenting and mental health.

Library Hours

We run regular library hours subject to volunteer availability on: 

Thursdays: 6 - 9pm 

Fridays: 11am - 2pm 

Saturdays: 11am - 2pm 

Please check our Instagram for updates on closures. 

Library Cards

To obtain a library card you will need to come into the library in person. Library cards are $10, however we do work on a sliding scale basis. Patrons can pay in person or online through PayPal. The main information needed is a name, email, and city of your current location. There are regular memberships and memberships for folks aged 18-years-old and under (only difference youth cannot vote at the annual general meeting). 

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Out On The Shelf is an inclusive LGBTQ2IA+ library and resource centre. We strive to provide a safe space for all members of the queer and trans communities and their allies.

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