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Christmas riddle: What is the link between an eminent geologist, Christmas spirits, the founder of the Scouts and J.K. Rowling?

By: Éloïse Poncet, student, McGill University Archives I was walking around campus the other week when I saw the two enormous Christmas trees in the front entrance of the Arts building. Similarly, to the Montreal store’s Christmas windows, having these

Season’s Greetings that Pop!

Peeps into Fairyland : a panorama picture book of fairy stories. London: Ernest Nister, 1896.

The Library is closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 24 at noon through Thursday, January 2, 2020, inclusive. All branches will open on Friday, January 3, 2020. Please visit the branch page listing for specific opening hours. Until then, we want to

Student Spotlight: Sofia Gadbois at Marvin Duchow Music Library

Student employment in the McGill Library benefits the entire McGill community. At almost 100 strong this academic year, McGill Library student workers gain valuable work experience while engaging in academic pursuits.  Student navigators, curatorial interns, special project assistants and student

Thank you for participating in Census Day 2019

Thank you for your participation in McGill Library's Census Day!

To collect information about who uses McGill Library branches during a 24-hour period, Library and security staff scanned McGill ID cards or distributed paper forms to all individuals who entered a branch on Census Day. Many thanks to the thousands

R. Tait McKenzie’s The Sprinter: The Growth of an Iconic Image

By Phoebe Fisher, Student, McGill University Archives   I recently received an inquiry from a family member of Thomas Graydon, a past McGill employee who was presented with a Sprinter statue by the McGill track team in circa 1911. The

Bernard Lorjou’s Le Buffet Rouge: History in Colours

Bernard Lorjou (1908-1986), Le Buffet Rouge (1946-47), oil on canvas, 113 x 144 cm. Gift of Hélène V. Rubin and Lionel Rubin, B.C.L. '35, conserved with the support of a generous donor. McGill Visual Arts Collection. © Association Bernard Lorjou

By Rachel Vincent-Clarke, Communications and Collections Assistant, McGill Visual Arts Collection In a room on the main floor of Birks building, the home of the School of Religious Studies, hangs a vibrant still life painting by French expressionist artist Bernard

Out of Harm’s Way : Second World War scrapbooks shine a light on the experience of evacuee children brought to Quebec

La version française suit By Elis Ing, Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections During the Second World War, Marjorie Kathleen Tovey, headmistress of a small independent school in Hertfordshire, England, decided to evacuate her students to Canada, just as

A monumental scan : Nobbs’ Bird’s-Eye View of McGill University

McGill crest detail from Nobbs' Bird's Eye View with scan in the background.

La version française suit By Greg Houston, Digitization Administrator & New Media Administrator Since its inception in 1996, the library digitization lab — formerly the Digital Collection Program — has captured and provided access to millions of pages and objects

#adventuresincataloguing : retracing the lived history of books

La version française suit By Megan Chellew, Coordinator, Cataloguing & Metadata; Robin Desmeules, Rare Books Cataloguer and Anna Dysert, Rare Books Cataloguer The practice of cataloguing rare books goes beyond simply describing the title and contents of a particular object.

A Lasting Impression: Renaissance of McGill’s Columbian Printing Press

Gold detail on Columbian Printing Press

La version française suit By Ann Marie Holland, Associate Librarian, Curator Colgate History of Printing Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections Over the summer of 2019, restoration experts at the Howard Iron Works Printing Museum carried out a complete overhaul of

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