Happy 136th Birthday, Virginia!

Virginia Woolf will be celebrating her 136th birthday on January 25th!  Hooray!

What better way to commemorate the occasion than by joining us at

the screening of “To The Lighthouse”

this upcoming Monday January 22nd at 5:00 pm

in Room #001 of Emmanuel College


This film adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel stars Rosemary Harris, Michael Gough, Suzanne Bertish and Kenneth Branagh.  We’ll have cupcakes to mark this special day and popcorn to munch on while watching the movie and coffee and tea to keep us warm (because it has been such an awfully cold winter so far!).

Bring a friend and we’ll see you there!

Why not stop by the E.J. Pratt Library Main Floor Reading Room and take a peek at the current exhibition by Carmen Socknat (Head, Bibliographic Services) entitled “Variations on a theme: an exhibition highlighting variant copies of early Hogarth Press hand-printed books”.  These items as well as others related to Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press, and the Bloomsbury Group are part of the Library’s Virginia Woolf Special Collection.

Don’t let this event pass you by!

If you wish you could have seen the Blue Whale exhibit at the ROM earlier this year, don’t miss what promises to be an unforgettable lecture later this week!

Please join us on
Thursday November 16th at 4pm
in the Vic Chapel
on the 2nd floor of the Victoria College building


Betty Vakil and volunteers from the ROM’s Outreach group will be captivating us with highlights from the spectacular Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story exhibition.

Read on for an excerpt from the ROM’s press release:

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story:  In 2014 in a tragic event off the coast of Newfoundland nine rare blue whales became trapped in ice and died.  Blue whales usually sink when they die but, unusually, two of the blue whales washed ashore, offering an unprecedented opportunity for research.  Hear about the 80-foot skeleton, the biology of blue whales; the size of their heart, their unusual feeding behaviour, how they communicate and their evolution from land to sea.  Find out how the ROM is studying their DNA to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding these large but elusive creatures.

For more information about upcoming Friends of Victoria University Library events,

please click here.


We look forward to seeing you soon!



Please join us tomorrow afternoon

Our first talk of the season will take place

Thursday November 2nd from 4:15 – 6:00 p.m. in the Old Vic Chapel

(located on the second floor of the Victoria College building).

We welcome Jessica Brantley, Professor of English at Yale University, who will be speaking about “The Late Medieval Book of Hours and the Idea of the Literary”.  More information can be found below:

We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is presented by the Toronto Centre for the Book in association with the Friends of Victoria University Library.