Coming to Toronto
The Library at Night is an immersive and sensory virtual-reality journey that whisks you away to ten libraries, real or imagined, throughout time and across the globe – from Mexico to Japan, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and beyond.
Libraries are monuments of knowledge and ideas, and as the guardians of books they contain worlds within worlds. But what happens when the doors close and the lights go out? What lingers at the edges of what is known and understood?
At The Library at Night, you can unravel the mysteries for yourself. This virtual experience created by Robert Lepage and inspired by Alberto Manguel’s book of the same name immerses you in the wonder and whimsy of iconic and mythical libraries throughout history.
You will journey to and step inside Admont Abbey in Austria, Hasedera Temple in Japan, Captain Nemo’s library aboard the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the National Library of Sarajevo in Bosnia, the Alexandria Library past and present, the Vasconcelos Library in a dry riverbed in Mexico, the library of Social Sciences of Copenhagen University, Canada’s Library of Parliament, the Sainte-Geneviève Library in Paris, and the Library of Congress in Washington.
Coming to Toronto, The Library at Night will immerse you in these libraries like never before. Step inside, explore, discover.
A sensory virtual-reality journey that explores 10 iconic libraries - when the lights go out.
“The Library at Night for us was a strange adventure into hitherto unsuspected places and times. Voyaging in the world of libraries inevitably brought us back to writing itself. The new technology we used for the exhibit opened the door to truly extraordinary things that had us writing in a new way. It’s an astonishing language filled with promises, especially if you pair it up with the idea of “night,” with all its mystery, restlessness, dreams, and imaginings. That’s another thing this is — doing justice to the idea of dislocation, of expatriation.”
Multidisciplinary artist and co-designer
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In order to comply with the City of Toronto’s vaccine mandate, visitors at The Library at Night will be required to present proof of vaccination in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.
As of September 22nd, we will be implementing a mandatory proof of vaccination policy for all patrons attending this exhibit in the City of Toronto.
From September 22nd, all patrons will be required to present proof of vaccination to our entrance greeter in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.
Valid proof: Until such time as Ontario introduces its digital proof of vaccination platform, we will be accepting proof of vaccination by means of the vaccine receipt received after the final vaccination.
This can be shown to our attendants via phone, printout, etc. This receipt indicates whether it was a first or second dose, as well as the date on which it was administered.
Patrons will also have to provide a valid photo ID, to match the names on the vaccination receipt.
Exception: To accommodate patrons as we transition into full compliance, we will accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test from September 22nd to October 12th in lieu of proof of vaccination. This negative test must have been done within 72 hours of attending this exhibit. Nucleic acid (including polymerase chain reaction (PCR)) tests are acceptable. Take-home tests will not be accepted. After October 12th, we will only accept proof of vaccination.
Full vaccination is defined as having received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and having run a full two-week course since receiving the second shot. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the vaccine mandate.