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Welcome message from new Friends of the McGill Library Chair, Donald Walcot

Renowned author Louise Penny with Donald Walcot at the 2018 MacLennan Lecture

Greetings, My name is Donald Walcot and I am very privileged to be this year’s Chair of the Friends of the McGill Library, a wonderful organization that I have had a long affiliation with, working closely with three exceptional Deans …

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March 2020 to March 2021…some stats

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It has been a year unlike any other. But no less busy. Library stats from March 2020 to March 2021 show how we pivoted. We did our best to reach out through the computer screen and connect McGillians with Library …

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Everyday heroes from our pandemic year

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Since mid-March 2020, though we have not always physically been in Library spaces, we have still been there. We have been there for McGill’s hardworking and adaptable students, for teaching faculty getting used to a new remote reality, and for …

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Cast on Something New

  Manuscript Cowl, Pattern by Kristen Howard, and the illuminated Manuscript initial that inspired it. This week we had a different kind of event at ROAAr: Rare Stitches: Knitting Inspired by Illuminated Manuscripts with Dr. Kristen Howard. Knitters and book …

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Bicentennial Snapshot | Student Life (and boils!) at the Library

We look forward to a time in the near future when comfy furniture (with CUSHIONS or THREE-INCH PADS!) in sun-filled nooks are back in our spaces for good. More fun library-related bicentennial stories will make their way to you in …

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Trot away from 2020 with our DIY rare holiday phenakistoscope

This holiday season is unlike any other. As we move into a new (and hopefully better) year, the Library wishes you much peace, rest, and health coupled with lighthearted moments of reflection, joy, and discovery. Once again, we have remixed …

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Our top webpages in 2019 and 2020: What has changed and stayed the same?

When comparing McGill Library’s website statistics from Google Analytics before and since March 2020, you get a fascinating glimpse of where usage has changed and stayed the same. While physical library branches closed on Friday, March 13th due to COVID-19, …

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Sweater Weather: Cozy Notes from the Archives

By Aeron MacHattie, Archivist, Rare Books & Special Collections Lire la version française As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, there is nothing better than a woolly knit or a fuzzy fleece for keeping warm. Whether it’s a …

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Tourism and Taunting: Martin Lister and William King’s 1698 Travel Tracts

By Dr. Mary Hague-Yearl, History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine Lire la version française Does the pandemic have you feeling like a zombie? Grab your ticket and enter our historical portal! Your ticket will be …

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Busy behind-the-scenes: McGill Library’s Digitization-on-Demand

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By Greg Houston, Digitization & New Media Administrator and Elis Ing, Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections Lire la version française While our doors may be closed, we are still hard at work. With such rich collections of unique …

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All library branches closed until further notice. Access to e-resources and virtual services continue.
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