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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 …

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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 …

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A mirror into the microcosm: digitizing Johann Remmelin’s 1619 flap anatomy, Catoptrum microcosmicum.

By Ruoshan Gu and Mary Hague-Yearl The staff at the Osler Library are always on the lookout for new ways to challenge our colleagues in Digital Initiatives. The team in the digitization lab seem to be able to do anything, …

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A Mirror of Jane Austen’s Reading Library

– What was Jane Austen reading? Several university classes this semester have explored this question by means of a dedicated display case in Rare Books and Special Collections.  Shakespeare – Bacon – Hume – Johnson – Burney – Voltaire – Rousseau …

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Stratford’s Jonathan Goad talks acting, directing, and playing with Shakespeare

Jonathan Goad lecturing from podium with view of crowd in foreground

By David Lank On Tuesday November 19, the attendees of the annual Friends of the McGill Library Shakespeare Lecture, held in partnership with the Stratford Festival of Canada, were educated, entertained, and mostly enthralled by the personal stories of the …

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Tomorrow is Osler Day! Be an Oslerian on Wednesday 6 November

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, come with us to celebrate the legacy of Sir William Osler.   Osler Day is typically held on the first Wednesday of November.  It is a day-long series of events that celebrate Sir William Osler …

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Join a crafty community! Crafternoons commence at the McGill Library

By April Colosimo, Liaison Librarian, McGill Library A community of crafters has been forming at McGill Library over the past year, sparked by requests from members of the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) to start a knitting club. As …

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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 …

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McGill University Archives’ Spatial Artifacts

50 years ago, the Apollo 11 crew completed their mission. The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth. It would have taken 8 years for NASA to complete this goal set …

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Let’s celebrate! 2019 McGill Library Excellence Awards

Award winners Katherine Hanz and Elizabeth Thomson holding up their certificates

Huge congratulations are in order for the 2019 recipients of the McGill Library Excellence Awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the Library, its users and its mandate. On May 22, 2019, Katherine Hanz, Liaison Librarian for the School of Information Studies and …

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