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Spaces for graduate students

This page contains information on the areas that have been set aside specifically for graduate students in Library branches across campus:

Humanities and Social Sciences Library

PhD study room

  • Spaces reserved for PhD students in the Faculty of Arts (postdoctoral fellows and other doctoral students may be considered as well)
  • Quiet and secure working space, only accessible to approved students
  • Assigned desks with lockable drawers

Read the guidelines for the PhD study room

Request a desk in the PhD study room

Graduate study rooms

  • Small rooms to be shared by two students in the Faculty of Arts, on floors 2 to 6 of the McLennan Library Building
  • Preference is given to graduate students who are currently writing theses or preparing for comprehensive exams
  • Study rooms cannot be used for meetings or as personal offices
  • Students are provided with a carrel borrower's card, allowing them to keep books on hold during the session, as long as they are not requested by others

Request a study room


Who may apply

  • Numbered carrels are for the personal use of graduate students
  • Designed for individual study, fitted with side partitions
  • Books charged to a carrel borrower's card may be kept on hold during the session, as long as they are not requested by others
  • Undergraduate honours students writing theses may also apply, by showing that they are registered in an honours program

How to reserve a carrel

  • Carrels are assigned on a first come, first served basis to qualifying students
  • To reserve a carrel desk in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, please come to the Library Services desk with your McGill ID card

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Islamic Studies Library

Reserved carrels

  • The Islamic Studies Library has a total of 42 study carrels for graduate students. These are available in the Octagon Room, in the Mirror Room and on the second floor.
  • Group study areas are located in the Elevator Room and in the Fountain Room on the main floor

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Macdonald Campus Library

Reserved storage cabinets

  • Graduate student cabinets, available for one term only, on Level 3. Cabinet keys may be borrowed from the Loans Desk.

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Marvin Duchow Music Library

Two graduate study rooms (4th and 5th floors) are reserved for masters and doctoral student use.

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Nahum Gelber Law Library

Reserved desks

  • Graduate students are entitled to apply for a reserved study space on the 5th floor, to which library materials may be signed out.
  • There are 21 locked cubicles, and 27 desks in the open stacks.
  • Use the application form to request a space.
  • The type of space a student is entitled to is assigned by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies.

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Schulich Library of Science and Engineering

Reserved storage cabinets

  • Rooms 411 and 412.
  • Semi-private desks with locking cabinets.
  • Available to graduate students on a first come, first served basis.
  • To reserve, contact the schulichloans [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Schulich Loans desk) .

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