By students for students: celebrating student society support of Libraries

Students are at the heart of McGill Libraries. This Giving Tuesday, and always, we are grateful for student society support that helps improve services, collections, and spaces at McGill year in and year out. Past projects have included student employment, extended hours, quiet pods, open education resources, reading nooks, 3D printers, destress zones, laptop lending kiosks, video recording studios, and so much more. We could not do what we do without the support of student societies, councils, and associations. And for that, we are forever grateful. 

  • Work study students. Supported by the SSMU Library Improvement Fund.

Collaborating with groups like the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Library Improvement Fund (LIF)Arts Undergraduate Society, Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) Library Improvement FundMcGill Music Undergraduate Student Association (MUSA)Law Students Association, and the Macdonald Campus Students’ Society ensures that McGill libraries match the ever-changing needs of the 21st-century student.

Over the years, student societies have helped McGill Libraries to:

  • create and maintain spaces conducive to student use and learning
  • provide student employment opportunities at the libraries
  • improve services and the student experience as whole with initiatives like extended hours and beyond

Recently reopened after a four-year renovation, the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering is a testament to the impact that student support can have. Both the SSMU and PGSS helped fund furniture, spaces, and technology, playing an integral role in the renewal of this beloved library location.

In recognition of the numerous contributions made by McGill’s student societies, we’re launching our annual awareness campaign highlighting stories related to student society support and its impact on the life of the libraries and student experience. 

Join us in thanking student leadership for making a difference! From now until to the end of the Winter 2024 semester, watch the Library Matters blog and the Library’s FacebookX, and Instagram feeds for testimonials from library student workers as well as some fun facts and figures. 

If you’re visiting a library location, look out for colourful visual tags on equipment, furniture, and spaces funded by student contributions found on things like scanners, adjustable desks, artwork, study carrels, phone charging stations, and more.

Dear student societies, thank you for your support, initiative, and vision. Thank you for continuing to ensure that the libraries are a home away from home for generations of McGillians.

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