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Little Free Libraries & Residences

LFL at University Hall

Upon completion of the first phase of the McGill Little Free Libraries (LFL) project, we received a wave of interest from numerous units across the university. One of these requests came from student Dorothy Yip, a Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF)

Giving Thanks: Recognizing student society support at the Library

There are a lot of things to be thankful for at McGill Library. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving Day long weekend, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the priceless support we receive each and every year from our

Celebrating 65 years of the Beatty Lecture

This evening Dr. Jane Goodall, one of the world’s most influential and beloved advocates for nature conservation, will deliver the 2019 Beatty Lecture. Forty years after her first Beatty Lecture in 1979, Dr. Goodall returns to talk about the critical need

Sir John Franklin held here

Rare Books and Special Collections of the McGill Library owns signed material by one of the most talked about ship Captains ever to exist:  Sir John Franklin (1786-1847).  These are exciting relics in light of the recent discoveries by the

Columbian Press Restoration

Over this past Summer  experts at the  Howard Iron Works Printing Museum and Restoration, located in Oakville Ontario, carried out delicate repairs while respecting to the utmost, the historical relevance of McGill’s Columbian printing  press. Our press had parts missing

Art Wins the Day: Roussil’s ‘Danse de la Paix’ at McGill

“Ceremony provides the climax to a controversy dating from 1949,” proclaimed the Friday, October 2nd, 1992 edition of The Montreal Gazette. That day, as part of Open House weekend at McGill, and in conjunction with Montreal’s 350th anniversary, La Danse

Isabella McLennan & McLennan Travelling Libraries

Close up of writing on McGill Travelling Libraries van.

This is an excerpt from the article entitled “Isabella Christine McLennan” written by Rosemary Turpin. It was first published in Fontanus, Women in the University Issue, Vol 8 (1995). Isabella Christine McLennan, who, in spite of the fact that she

Montreal Mansions: Spaces in Time

In 1973 the Van Horne Mansion, a historic brownstone located on the corner of Sherbrooke and Stanley Streets here in Montreal, was controversially dozed. This event came on the heels of a spate of similar demolitions in the Golden Square

Loving in truth and fain in Riddle my love to show: Mother’s Day Acrostics with Timeless Riddles!

Acrostic poem

By Leehu Sigler “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality”[1]– James Joyce Timeless Riddles is back

Colour by Numbers: Contemporary Japanese prints in the Visual Arts Collection

Shinobazu no Ike

La version française suit By Isabelle Chartier, Collections Administrator, Visual Arts Collection Printmaking is, traditionally, a colourless medium: black ink transferred onto white paper. Adding colour to prints is a slow and laborious process, at odds with the very essence

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