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Can You Spot It?: Solving Visual Puzzles with Timeless Riddles

Detail Lewis Carroll Rebus

By Leehu Sigler “Too many riddles weigh men down on earth. We must solve as we can, and try to keep a dry skin in the water.”[1] ― The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky Timeless Riddles is back with some more puzzling

Fiat Lux building project ramps up

The Fiat Lux building project is ramping up! Over several months beginning in early 2019, the building project team and working committees have been meeting to plan the next stage of the project. With the help of brightspot strategy, the Library’s master plan is

Census Day 2018 report: McGill Library received 15,117 visits during a 24-hour period

On Monday, November 19th, 2018, Library and security staff asked individuals entering Library spaces to scan their McGill ID cards. Those without a McGill ID card were asked to choose their status on a paper form, e.g., undergraduate student, member

Some Rhyme, Some Chime: Practicing Enigmas and Charades with Timeless Riddles

By Leehu Sigler Timeless Riddles is a ROAAr project dedicated to transcribing, solving, and researching riddles found in early manuscripts! Help us solve them all! “It is one thing…to have very good sense in a common way, like every body

Library staff reveal their McGill Moments | McGill24 2019

Image of McGill staff holding archival flags/ promotional materials

                    McGill24, the University’s fourth annual day of giving is almost here. On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the international McGill community will come together in a celebration of McGill Moments. Giving on that

Having Fun in Hallowed Halls : ROAAr Story Time is a Hit!

As a liaison librarian, I am relatively accustomed to asking complex, sometimes laborious, questions of library patrons. There was a slight change in the questions I found myself asking last week, however. Instead of asking if one would prefer to

How Many Can You Solve?: Timeless Riddles

Riddle text

By Leehu Sigler Timeless Riddles is a ROAAr project dedicated to transcribing, solving, and researching riddles found in early manuscripts! Help us solve them all! What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?[1] –

Season’s Greetings: Vintage Martlet Style

Screenshot from Martlet Remix

For the last couple of years, McGill Library has upped our game when it comes to holiday greetings. Last year, we animated wintry scenes from our ROAAr collections. This year we took a different approach. While looking for content for our upcoming

Curatorial Snapshots: McGill’s Books of Hours

Richard Virr, Retired Chief Curator, Rare Books and Special Collections and co-curator of the Resplendent Illuminations exhibit currently running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has chosen 13 notable images from McGill’s holdings to give us a taste of

2018 Annual General Meeting & presentation of the Friends of the Library Award

Signage welcoming attendees to Friends AGM

By Kate Williams, member, Friends of the Library Committee The 2018 Friends of the Library annual general meeting, presided over by the Chair, Ann Vroom, and held in McGill’s historic Birks building, offered a brief summary of the year’s activities,

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