The A.E. MacDonald Ophthalmic Library and The William Callahan Reading Room
Reading Room, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
Toronto Western Hospital
Graham Trope (Director)
Information for Users
The Toronto Western Hospital
Vision Science Research Program
6th Floor, Room MP 6-319
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S8
For library assistance and enquiries, please call 416-978-4321
Dr. A.E. MacDonald - The A.E. MacDonald Ophthalmic Library is named after the late Dr. Alex MacDonald, a former Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. Dr. MacDonald's bequest to the Department of Ophthalmology was payment he received from the sale of historical maps and Canadiana to the Public Archives in Ottawa in 1981. The residue of the estate is for the maintenance of the Ophthalmic Library.
This library, based in the Vision Science Research Program space at the Toronto Western Hospital, is specialized for vision researchers and residents in Ophthalmology. It contains a superb collection of ophthalmology books and journals. We receive queries from other libraries in Toronto hospitals and from the University Science and Medicine Library.
Books, Journals or Bound Journals are not to be removed from the Library.
The books can be found in the following categories in the back of the Library:
Inflammation of the Eye
Following is the library's current list of journal subscriptions:
- British Journal of Ophthalmology
- Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
- Current Eye Research
- Journal of Glaucoma
- Journal of Ocular Pharmacology
- Ophthalmalic Research
- Ophthalmic Surgery
The collection of videotapes may be viewed in the library. Please leave cards on top of the Index Filing Cabinet.
The library is in the process of acquiring a collection of CD-ROMS, including the major ophthalmic texts.
Pre 1975 Bound Journals are archived at 1 Spadina Crescent and may be viewed upon request.
A set of index card drawers will list all the books and journals by Subject, Author and Title cards for Books. There will also be an index for the Bound Journals and
The department is unable to provide this service at this time, therefore clients are asked to do their own searches.
Donating to our Ophthalmology Museum
Monthly subscriptions to major journals would be gracefully appreciated. Any historic books (over 100 years old) would be appreciated.
Below are a few items we have received as donations which are housed in the A.E. MacDonald Ophthalmic Library. You may also view a more extensive gallery of items in our museum.