A message from Dean Cook

A gift to the McGill Library is a gift to all of McGill. Donor support is so important to everything we do. The strength of the McGill Library is its ability to remain relevant in an ever changing world. Each gift is meaningful to us in creating a scholarly community.

The McGill Library has always held a central position as the heart of the university – both symbolically and in terms of its physical placement. It is a unique cultural center that inspires, supports, and engages library users with opportunities for scholarship and learning. 
It is really the centre point for students at McGill.

The Library’s achievements over the course of Campaign McGill are a reflection of the ongoing support of all our generous donors who helped support future generations by furthering the Library’s mission.The internet has had a major impact on how people find and access information yet printed books remain important in the digital age and our branch libraries are busy day and night.

The collections have been greatly expanded to over seven million items. We targeted graduate learning with the development of graduate research workshops and introduced innovative new services such as the digitization programmes to sustain and nurture positive teaching, learning and research outcomes as well as the advancement of scholarship. The results included improvements to the facilities, with new furnishings for individual and group study and learning spaces in several branch libraries, giving students more areas in which to study, collaborate and share ideas.

Equally important is the ongoing acquisition of numerous rare and valuable materials that enhance scholarly and research opportunities. This includes items ranging from rare anatomical atlases, a manuscript notebook of the famed 18th century novelist Fanny Burney to the personal and working libraries of the late Professor Klibansky himself, a former McGill professor and preeminent philosopher. These items among many others will be the raw material for research work for years to come in addition to building McGill’s reputation of owning rare book collections that are internationally important.

Many of the items in the collection have never been studied properly and there are countless discoveries waiting to be made. In an era where many library e-materials are in fact acquired through license agreements and not owned in a physical sense, special collections such as rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other materials are what set the McGill Library apart.

C. Colleen Cook, PhD
Trenholme Dean of Libraries