Homecoming 2022 | Tours, exhibits, events light up physical & virtual library spaces

Make the Library your happy place during Homecoming. Special events, tours, exhibits – our 2022 programming has something for everyone so take advantage of in-person, hybrid and virtual activities that are sure to inspire, educate and (re)connect you with the McGill community.

Special Event

Building McGill, with David Covo (hybrid)

This presentation explores the 200-year history of McGill as revealed in the stories behind the buildings and landscapes of our campuses.

Who were the decision makers, the architects and planners? What were their links to the university and to the broader community? How are our buildings and campuses addressing the needs of a continually evolving institution?

The presentation draws from the university’s own collections and archives to answer some of these questions. RSVP required.

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from noon to 1PM (EDT)

Location: ROAAr’s Colgate Room
3459 rue McTavish, fourth floor
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C9

RSVP to attend on site

RSVP to attend the event online


Tours of the Marvin Duchow Music Library

Join head librarian Houman Behzadi for a thirty minute tour of one of the most unique spaces and collections on campus – the Marvin Duchow Music Library. RSVP required.

Tour #1 – Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 4:30 PM to 5 PM (EDT) RSVP

Tour #2 – Friday, October 21, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM (EDT) RSVP

Tour #3 – Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 7 PM (EDT) RSVP

Location: Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
527 Sherbrooke Street West, third floor
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1E3

Exhibits (on site)

Convocation at McGill

Graduates walking in procession at Macdonald Campus.

Celebrate Convocation with ROAAr!

It is a season to remember the many milestones great and small that make up a university experience. Drop-in for this special exhibition on all things related to convocation!

Location: Redpath Library Building
3459 McTavish Street, main floor
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C9

On from October 17 – November 1. Open to all during McLennan-Redpath opening hours.

McGill’s Historical Unsung Heroes

Celebrating 200 years of community builders

As part of McGill’s Bicentennial celebrations, 10 Historical Unsung Heroes are highlighted for their impact on the McGill Community and beyond, diversity of origin and circumstance, and the depth of source materials often found in archival fonds or collections.

Location: Redpath Library Building
3459 McTavish Street, main floor
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C9

On from October 3 – October 21. Open to all during McLennan-Redpath opening hours.

Exhibits (Virtual)

McGilliana: 200 years of Student Life

C.I.R.F.U. Champions cap, 1906.

Objects, photographs, and ephemera offer fragments and glimpses of life in another time, showing us details of a larger picture. 200 items have been selected for the occasion of McGill University’s bicentennial anniversary. Each item in this exhibition is part of one or many stories about the people who made the items, the people who used them, and those who chose to keep them. They speak to a larger narrative about the changing experience of being a student at McGill University throughout its 200-year history. These items also tell us about the way that institutions create and maintain their own memories, about the way McGill’s archives play a role in the university’s present and future. In each category, you will find a selection of items drawn from the McGill University Archives; each one representing the many different parts of the life of a student.


Visit the virtual exhibit now to learn more or watch the recording from vernissage held in 2021.

Exhibition curated by Aeron MacHattie, Archivist, McGill Library, as part of her 2020-21 internship in Rare Books and Special Collections. The internship was supported in part by Young Canada Works.

The McGill Daily, War Contingent Supplement, March 1915

McGilliana resources | Student Publications, Old McGill Yearbooks, McGill Remembers, McGill News and more!

The McGill Library & Archives serves as the virtual and physical repository for generations of collective knowledge. Our McGilliana website brings together 200 years of archival resources related to McGill’s long history here for your exploration.

We are happy to announce yet another McGilliana resource! This summer the ROAAr unit digitized McGill News publications from 1919 to 2020. Alumni, donors, and historians can now view the entire collection on the Internet Archive.

Take McGill’s hidden gems home with products from our Ex Libris Collection

The fall of 2022 promises more excitement as McGill’s bicentennial festivities wrap up. As we look back and forward, this is a perfect moment to re-discover and celebrate our history in new ways through ROAAr’s vintage-inspired Ex Libris Collection. In collaboration with staff from Le James Bookstore, staff members from different Library units searched high and low for some of the best public domain content from our rare and special collections. Puzzles and pencil cases, notebooks and notecards, magnets and mugs….from our library to yours, check out a few of our favourite things!

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