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McGill Little Free Libraries: A Story of Serendipity

McGill Little Free Library at the Gault Estate in Mont-Saitn-Hilaire. Photo: Charles Normandin

One word – serendipity. In 2015, I submitted a proposal entitled McGill NooX (“Neighbourhood Book Exchange”) to be considered for funding through the Library’s Innovation Fund. On paper, the McGill NooX project involved a collaboration between McGill students, faculty, staff,

Exhibit News – Autopsy: from Sight to Knowledge

A discussion of an orginal watercolour by famed British caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson Drawn from the exhibit Autopsy: from Sight to Knowledge currently on display in the McLennan Main Lobby through to September 10th 2018.  Bilingual captions English- French. Presented in French by

Processing the archive of Casey Wood, McGill’s Birdman

By Sarah Adams, a McGill Master of Information Studies student and Young Canada Works summer 2018 Archive intern for McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections processing a collection on Casey Albert Wood.  As a Rare Books and Special Collections intern, I have been given

Drama Beyond the Frame: 19th century Japanese prints in the Visual Arts Collection

The Visual Arts Collection’s Visible Storage Gallery on the 4th floor of the McLennan Library is home to a Japanese woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi titled Actor Ichikawa Kuzo II as Saitogo Kunitake (1846-47). In the print, pictured below, the actor is depicted as portraying

A peek into the daily life of an English doctor in Versailles, 1819-1824 : the diaries of Jonas Asplin, M.D.

            Amongst the manuscripts in the Osler Library are three volumes that outline in exquisite detail the daily occurrences that one English physician found significant enough to record in his diary. Jonas Asplin was originally from Little Wakering in Essex,

Grazing the Art at McGill

With over 2,500 artworks dispersed across nearly 90 buildings over three campuses, McGill’s Visual Arts Collection is not easy to take in as a whole. As a Museum Database Assistant responsible for inputting information on hundreds of objects into a

Six McGill Library activities to do with visitors in town for convocation

It’s that time of year again and the McGill campuses are abuzz with activity and happy graduates. We’ve compiled a list of six fun things to do with friends and family who are visiting from out of town. 1. Take

Saying goodbye to a beloved sculpture

Mahihkan, the larger-than-life and much-beloved sculpture of a wolf by Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard, will be leaving McGill by mid-summer. Originally installed on lower campus for the Balade Pour La Paix, an open-air museum that spanned one kilometre of Sherbrooke

Winners Announced! Curious Hieroglyphick Valentine Contest

Detail Hyroglyphik

The McGill Library is delighted to announce that we have not one but two winners of our Curious Hieroglyphick Valentine contest! Both Rebecca Nicholson and Elaine Fernald succeeded in decoding the “Curious Hieroglyphick Valentine” from McGill’s uncatalogued collection of greeting

3D Printer Saves Button Maker: A Love Story

Buttons from the button maker

By Merika Ramundo, Communications Officer, McGill Library Working in communications at the Library, I am often challenged by tasks that tap into the “other duties as required” part of my job. Most recently, I was faced with finding a replacement

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