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Book annotations as witness to the Dutch influence in Japan during the Edo period

        During the Edo period, from the mid-17th to the mid-19th century, Japan adopted an isolationist policy. At this time, the only Westerners allowed access to the country were the Dutch, who were permitted to trade from

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,

McGill Book Fair needs your help!

McGill Book Fair

Public Service Announcement from the McGill Book Fair: We are looking for contributions of lightly-used books in all categories, from Art to Zoology and almost everything in between. The exceptions to this are magazines, journals and encyclopedias.  In the decades

“Great neurosis” at the Osler Library: A noteworthy acquisition in the field of 19th century psychiatry

The Osler Library recently acquired the work Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière. Service de M. Charcot. Published in Paris by Les Bureaux du progrès medical between 1876-1880, this three-volume book is by Desiré Magloire Bourneville (1840-1909) and Paul-Marie-Léon Regnard (1850-1927),

April 22 is Earth Day

April 22 is the perfect day for us to focus on the environment.  The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is credited by many as starting the modern environmental movement.  Today, more than 1 billion people

Think Spring: Children’s Books for the Upcoming Season

Although it may not feel like it yet, spring is just around the corner!   To celebrate the end of a long winter, browse through the Education Library’s Children’s Literature and Young Adult Collection and discover many delightful picture books about

Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar

It’s almost that time of year again! Read all about it in this McGill Digital Title: Quebec standard products : maple syrup and maple sugar. Published in the 1920s by the Maple Sugar Producers of Quebec, this book includes recipes contributed by

Symposium: Meetings with Books: Raymond Klibansky, Special Collections and the Library in the 21st Century

“Meetings with Books: Raymond Klibansky, Special Collections and the Library in the 21st Century” Many if not most rare book libraries have a long and complicated history of acquisitions that reflects the varied interests of collectors and benefactors, of librarians

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