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About the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering

The Schulich Library of Science and Engineering occupies the former Macdonald Physics Building, which was built in 1893 by A.T. Taylor. Here, Ernest Rutherford conducted the research (1898 – 1907) that would eventually lead to his Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1908. The building was completely renovated and reopened in 1982 as the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building. At this time, the physical sciences collection and the engineering collection were merged to form the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library.

In 2001 the Library was renamed the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering in honour of the family of Seymour Schulich (BSc’61, MBA’65), a generous benefactor of both the Library and the University. Additional renovations in the Library assisted by funding provided by Seymour Schulich have brought out the beauty, charm and utility of the historic building. New seating, desks and power accommodate a new generation of learners.

During the summer and early fall of 2013, the life sciences collections (with the exception of course reserves) are being merged with the physical sciences and engineering collections in the Schulich Library stacks. 

Schulich Library Advisory Committee

The Schulich Library Advisory Committee is made up of faculty members representing each of the McGill departments we serve, as well as student (EUS, SUS, PGSS) representatives and librarians.

Collection description

Schulich Library has an extensive collection of books and journals in the physical sciences and engineering subject areas, as well as the recent additions from the life sciences subjects. In addition, a growing body of online resources, e-journals and databases are available. Most current journals are available online and accessible from the library catalogue and the list of all electronic journals available at McGill.

The Reference Collection for physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences as well as the Wendy Patrick Collection (consumer health) are found on the main floor (Level 2). Print issues of journals in the life sciences subject areas are shelved on Level 1A.

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