Zoom Backgrounds | McGill Library & More

Secret study spots, sun-lit nooks, silence in the stacks – we miss it all. Most of all, we miss seeing our users. So we created some library-themed and campus Zoom backgrounds to help the community feel connected while working remotely (see below).  Please feel free to share your McGill background experience with us on Facebook or Twitter. In the meantime, please know that we are here to help you via virtual services, e-resources and more. Be safe, take care and see you soon!

Fall 2020 update: Check out more Zoom backgrounds, this time featuring content from Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Art, and Archives (ROAAr).


What is Zoom?

“Zoom is one of the most popular web conferencing tools in higher education today. It allows instructors to easily convene an online meeting with students, chat with or without video enabled, and deliver presentations while maintaining a good quality connection between all participants. McGill students automatically have a Basic license.” – from McGill’s Teaching and Learning Services’ Learning with Zoom site

The virtual background feature in Zoom allows users to display an image as the background during Zoom meetings.

How to Download the McGill Library images below:

  • Right-click on the image of your choice
  • Click “Download Linked File As” and save it to your desired location (desktop, downloads, a folder, etc.)

How to Set Downloaded Image as Backdrop in Zoom once you’ve launched a Zoom meeting:

  • Click on ^ next to “Stop Video” on the bottom left of your Zoom window and select “Choose Virtual Background”
  • Click on the + on the right-hand side below the current image in your settings
  • Click “Add Image”
  • Find your saved image and select it


McLennan-Redpath Terrace

McLennan-Redpath Terrace. Photo: Merika Ramundo

Islamic Studies Library

Islamic Studies Library. Photo: Lauren Goldman.

Islamic Studies Library

Islamic Studies Library. Photo: Robin Clark

Nahum Gelber Law Library

Nahum Gelber Law Library. Photo: Klaus Fiedler

Nahum Gelber Law Library

Nahum Gelber Law Library. Photo: Lauren Goldman.

Marvin Duchow Music Library

Marvin Duchow Music Library. Photo: Robin Clark

Marvin Duchow Music Library

Marvin Duchow Music Library. Photo: Robin Clark

Birks Reading Room

Birks Reading Room. Photo: Robin Clark

Birks Reading Room

Birks Reading Room. Photo: Lauren Goldman.

Macdonald Campus Library

Macdonald Campus Library. Photo: Klaus Fiedler.

Macdonald Campus Library

Macdonald Campus Library. Photo: Merika Ramundo

McLennan Library Building. Photo: Robin Clark.

Rare Books and Special Collections. Photo: Lauren Goldman.

The Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

The Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering. Photo: Robin Clark.

The Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

The Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering. Photo: Robin Clark.

Osler Library of the History of Medicine. Photo: Klaus Fiedler.

View of Mount Royal from the 6th floor of the McLennan Library Building

View of Mount Royal from the 6th floor of the McLennan Library Building. Photo: Merika Ramundo

Birks Clock Roddick Gates

Birks Clock Roddick Gates. Photo: Merika Ramundo

Walkway facing Three Bares

Walkway facing Three Bares. Photo: Merika Ramundo

Arts Building

Arts Building. Photo: Merika Ramundo.

Blackader-Lauterman study space, Redpath Library Building, 3rd floor. Photo: Merika Ramundo.

Blackader-Lauterman study space, Redpath Library Building, 3rd floor. Photo: Merika Ramundo.

Cybertheque. Photo: Klaus Fiedler.

Cybertheque. Photo: Klaus Fiedler.

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