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Art & Image: ongoing research in the Gwillim Project

The Gwillim Project centres around the lives of two English sisters in early 19th c. Madras (now Chennai): Elizabeth Gwillim (1763-1807) and Mary Symonds (b. 1772). Both sisters were avid artists and dedicated letter-writers; their paintings of flora, fauna, and …

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It’s Here! McGill Library Welcomes AMAZE; A McGill A to Z Experience

A is for anatomy, alphabet and AMAZE: A McGill A-Z Experience. In 2020, the McGill Library put together a truly remarkable book – AMAZE; a McGill A-Z Experience. With visual treats and moveable surprises at the turn of every page, …

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ROAAr Book Club

We invite you to join the ROAAr virtual book club. Come with a coffee and take part in the conversation, connect with other book lovers and get insight into some of the treasures of the ROAAr collections. We invite you to connect, unmute, and appreciate …

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January Screenshare

Click here for instructions on how to download and set zoom and desktop backgrounds. For the type enthusiasts out there, this is a 20th century condensed gothic font. It is a sans-serif, upper and lower case font that includes numerals …

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Virtual Puzzles: Winter fun & a splash of colour to ring in 2021

Outdoor activities are front and center this holiday break. If you are looking for a fun way to stay warm after an afternoon of sledding or skiing, try your hand at solving these jigsaw puzzles featuring vintage images courtesy of …

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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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De-Stress + Sketch: It Matters!

By Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection Lire la version française De-Stress and let your creative side take flight with McGill’s Visual Arts Collection. Sustained looking at an artwork can unlock greater appreciation. Sketch, sculpt, quilt, or paint …

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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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