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McGill Library update on: Redpath doors, smoke-free terrace, Redpath cafeteria, accessibility & gender-neutral washrooms

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:42

Over the last few weeks, white boards were placed around the Humanities and Social Sciences Library by the SSMU Library Improvement Fund (LIF) Committee. The goal was to collect feedback and ideas and explore how these funds could be used to improve McGill Library. The LIF Committee and the McGill Library would like to address a number of questions that arose from the consultation.

1. Why are the doors to the Redpath Library Building closed?

The Library’s administration recognizes that the situation is less than ideal and would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused. Like every department at McGill, the Library has been forced to deal with funding cutbacks while minimizing disruption of services to all members of the community. Having the Redpath Library Building doors function in a non-emergency exit capacity would require an additional full-time security agent posted at the entrance during opening hours at a cost of $210,000 per year. With reduced staff and a decreased security budget we are unable to afford the cost of a security guard stationed at the Redpath entrance. For these reasons only, we took the step to reduce the number of entrances to one and to transform the Redpath entrance into an emergency only exit. We will continue to work to find a solution that is practical for the entire community.

2. Why was the Redpath Cafeteria changed to a Première Moisson?

McGill Food and Dining Services manages the Redpath Cafeteria located next to Cyberthèque. We understand that some members of the McGill community have concerns and ideas and encourage building users to submit them directly to McGill Food and Dining using the following link: http://www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/contact/talk2us-feedback-form

For more details on the change in food service providerhttp://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2014/05/the-menu-is-changing-in-food-services/

3. The McLennan-Redpath Terrace was recently designated a non-smoking space however there are still people smoking in the tunnel underneath the bridges. Is there a plan of action currently being considered to resolve this issue?

Creating this smoke-free area was a first step. Since this is a community effort in support of a cleaner living, learning and working environment for all, the hope is that people will respectfully self-enforce. It is up to all of us to ensure that the terrace area around the McLennan-Redpath Library complex remains smoke-free. On-site and patrolling security agents have been notified to redirect smokers to the designated areas.  Word of mouth continues to be the best way to get the word out.

The area in front of the McLennan doors has improved significantly since the launch of the campaign. There is less tobacco waste in the area but there are still improvements to be made. Library users who smoke have suggested that larger ashtrays, benches and an awning/shelter be available in order to address inclement weather conditions. The project team will continue to gather feedback over the next few months and will look at addressing the needs of all our users.

4. Is there an update on the Redpath Library Building main floor washroom project co-funded by the SSMU LIF and the Library?

The Redpath Washroom project team, made up of Facilities experts, Library staff and student representatives,  has been meeting on a regular basis since August. The project is in the final stages of design and will be implemented in the upcoming summer months. The project team is very excited about the design overall, the expansion of the existing washrooms and the addition of a gender neutral/universal washroom. We look forward to completing this project and paving the way for more universal washrooms in other buildings and future library projects.

5. How can those with limited mobility or other disabilities access the libraries?

The Library works in partnership with the McGill Office for Students with Disabilities to ensure access to McGill Library branches and resources. To learn more and provide feedback, please visit:  http://www.mcgill.ca/osd/access/access-libraries


Have an idea on how to improve the Library?

The Library has initiated a Feasibility Study to examine how to transform and improve the Library and address critical user needs.  We are and looking to build a better Library for all members of the community and would love to get your input!

To submit ideas and feedback for the Library Master plan: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan/feedback

To learn more about the SSMU Library Improvement Fund: http://ssmu.mcgill.ca/about-us/funding/library-improvement-fund/



McGill WorldCat catalogue, Find Full Text issues resolved

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:26

The McGill WorldCat catalogue, Find Full Text service and other services provided to the Library by OCLC are back online and functioning as expected. All issues related to the service outages of earlier today appear to have been resolved.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Resolved: Problems with McGill WorldCat, Find Full Text – Tuesday, December 2

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:45

Update 3:10pm: The McGill WorldCat catalogue, Find Full Text service and other services provided by OCLC are back online and functioning as expected.

We are currently experiencing connection issues with several Library services including:

Please ask us if you have any questions, while these issues are being resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Update 11:40am: The latest news from OCLC, who hosts these services, is, “OCLC has determined and resolved the cause of the service issues. We are in the process of bringing services online. The complete restoration may take a few hours.”


Group study room booking system temporarily unavailable

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:51

We are currently experiencing issues with the group study room booking system. The problem has been reported and we hope to have access restored soon.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colombo ILL (interlibrary loan) unvailable from 5pm, Nov. 21 to noon, Nov. 22

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:32

Due to a scheduled upgrade, the Colombo interlibrary loan system, will be unavailable from 5:00pm, Friday, November 21 until noon on Saturday, November 22.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

View November 11 Town Hall on libraries

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:52

Thank you to all who attended the Town Hall on libraries on Tuesday, November 11.

The Town Hall was recorded and can now be viewed here.

For more information, please visit the website dedicated to the feasibility study:http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan

Anonymous feedback on any library-related topic can be relayed at anytime by visiting: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan/feedback

November 11: southwest section of Cyberthèque closed from 1:30-5:30pm

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:14


Please note that the south west section of the Cyberthèque that houses banquettes and study tables will be closed from 1:30 – 5:30pm on Tuesday, November 11 for the Town Hall on libraries.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

From 4 – 5:30pm, all are welcome to attend the Town Hall in the Cyberthèque.

For more information regarding the Town Hall please visit: http://blogs.library.mcgill.ca/channels/november-11-town-hall-on-libraries/

Friday, October 10: Noisy renovation work at Schulich Library

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:31

Please be advised that on Friday, October 10th noisy masonry sawing will take place on the 4th and 5th floors in the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering. The disruption is anticipated to run from 6am – 4pm. As a result, the noise may travel to other spaces in Schulich Library.  Ear plugs are available at the Library Services desk.

For alternative study spaces, please consult our branch listing here.

For more information on the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building, please click here.

Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, October 13 (Thanksgiving Day): Humanities & Social Sciences Library open for study only. All other branches closed.

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:49

The Humanities & Social Sciences Library will be open for study on Monday, October 13 from 8 am to midnight. All branches will reopen with service on Tuesday, October 14.

Please check individual branch pages for specific opening and service hours.

Schulich Library of Science & Engineering: 4th floor closed temporarily Monday, September 29 to Wednesday October 1 inclusive

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:51

The 4th floor of the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering will be temporarily closed for three days beginning Monday, September 29 in order for workers to install temporary walls around the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building. The floor is expected to reopen on Thursday, October 2nd.

All other floors are available for study.

If you require materials located on the 4th floor, please visit the Library Services desk, call 514-398-4769 or email schulichloans.library@mcgill.ca

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information on the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building, please click here.

Schulich Library of Science & Engineering: 5th floor closed temporarily week of September 22

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:30

The 5th floor of the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering will be temporarily closed the week of Monday, September 22 in order for workers to install temporary walls around the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building. The floor is expected to reopen the week of Monday, Spetember 29.

All other floors are available for study.

If you require materials located on the 5th floor, please visit the Library Services desk, call 514-398-4769 or email schulichloans.library@mcgill.ca

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information on the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building, please click here.

Masonry work at Macdonald-Stewart Building (Schulich Library of Science and Engineering) & FAQs

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:58

Please scroll down for FAQs.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

From Robert Couvrette, Associate Vice-Principal (University Services) and Colleen Cook, Trenholme Dean of Libraries

We would like to advise you that work involving an in-depth investigation of and some repairs to the masonry walls of the Macdonald-Stewart Building, which houses the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering, will begin on Monday, September 15.

This work will result in some disruption and noise for Library users between now and December, when the project is scheduled to be completed. It will mean shifting some materials and adjusting study spaces. The Library will remain open for the duration of the project and we anticipate maintaining the same number of study seats.

During the recent roof replacement, deterioration in the 120-year-old building’s exterior stone wall was observed, prompting McGill in early 2014 to commission an investigation into the state of the building. The subsequent report, from an outside firm of architects and a structural engineer, revealed that the deterioration of the stone structure was more advanced than previously known and that McGill must move quickly to prevent further deterioration, especially avoiding the freeze-thaw cycle in the winter that leads to the accelerated degradation of old stone work.

Construction crews will erect interior walls in some places on all floors to create a space between the building’s interior and its exterior walls to facilitate the masonry investigation and expedite any immediate repairs required. Scaffolding will also be erected around the building and we ask that everyone respect security personnel who will direct pedestrian traffic in the vicinity of the building.

We will attempt to minimize the disruptive effects of the work, but there will definitely be more noise than normal, especially during the mornings. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and we will work with staff, students and faculty to find solutions to any problems as they arise.

Please see the FAQs below or contact reno.library@mcgill.ca with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why must this work be done now?

Facilities received a report commissioned earlier this year, which indicates that some steps needs to be taken before this winter sets in to avoid further deterioration.

  1. How serious is it?

It is fairly serious but not dangerous. Necessary steps are being taken to make sure it won’t become dangerous. Stone deteriorates in an accelerated way. The more water infiltrates cracks in the stone and freezes in the winter, the larger those cracks become. It’s a spiraling cycle. The larger the cracks become, the more water infiltrates. McGill has had considerable experience with this issue on the downtown campus. 37 of our buildings were built before 1900. The Macdonald-Stewart Building that currently houses the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering was built in 1893.

  1. How will this affect Library users (i.e. students, faculty, staff)?

Some study spaces will be relocated within the building and some rarely used materials will be shifted within the branch. Some low-use bound journals will be retrievable from our Currie Gym storage facility. Total number of study spaces in the library should be maintained. During this period there will be noise most mornings. Interior walls will be erected to seal off work areas and reduce dust and/or cold. Temporary walls should be in place on all floors by mid to late September. The work is expected to be completed sometime in December.

  1. What materials are you putting in storage?

Bound journals, for the most part, which will still be available if requested

  1. What if the engineers and architects determine, once they start the work, that things are worse than they thought?

If at any point there is an indication that part of the building does not meet McGill’s very strict safety standards, the area will be closed off immediately. That would extend to the entire building, if the situation were to call for it.

Hold requests for alumni and community members now available

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:44

All Library users with a McGill Library borrowing card (i.e. alumni, community members, or faculty and graduate borrowers from Quebec universities with CREPUQ consortial card) can now place a total of up to 20 holds on regular loans, journal loans, audio/video material, maps and scores from any McGill Library branch and from Currie Storage for delivery to any McGill Library branch, whether or not the material is on the shelf or out  to another user.

Exception: Undergraduates from Quebec universities are limited to a total of 3 holds of on-the-shelf material or items in Currie storage.  Undergraduates from Quebec universities cannot place holds on journals or material that is out to other users.

Please note that the above changes do not affect McGill students, staff or faculty members.

For more McGill alumni borrowing information click here.

For more information regarding community memberships, click here.

Borrowers from Quebec universities other than McGill can find more loans information here.

Osler Library of the History of Medicine space & collection temporarily inaccessible until January 2015. Osler services offered from Rare Books & Special Collections.

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:43

A major renovation of the McIntyre Medical Building’s HVAC infrastructure is underway. This project, funded through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, involves extensive roof work directly above the Osler Library off the History of Medicine as well as a replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems throughout the Library and the McIntyre Building.

In order to protect the Osler collection, the rare and circulating collections from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine have been relocated to secure, environmentally controlled storage area. The Library and the collection is now estimated to be available at the start of the Winter Semester in January 2015.

Some rare material has been relocated to Rare Books and Special Collections, and a limited number of circulated books are available as well.  Please check the catalogue for availability.

Material may be requested through Interlibrary Loans. Osler staff members will also help to find alternative material.

Please note that the Osler Library continues to offer other services to researchers and students during the whole renovation , including reference and course support.

For more information or assistance please call 514-398-4475 ext. 09873 or email osler.library@mcgill.ca.

For more information regarding Library services and resources at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences Library please visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/branches/osler.

Questions regarding this renovation project? Please visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/facilities/management

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Photo: Klaus Fiedler, McGill Library


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