The Nahum Gelber Law Library
McGill law graduate, Me Nahum Gelber, is invited to turn the sod to mark the beginning of construction of the new Nahum Gelber Law Library.
A gift from graduates to future McGill law students
On Friday, September 5, 1997, at 11:30 a.m., Nahum Gelber, a graduate of the Faculty of Law, will be invited to ceremonially "turn the sod" to mark the beginning of construction of the Nahum Gelber Law Library.
Perhaps the most remarkable fact concerning this new building is that, thanks to the extraordinary loyalty of people who attended McGill in the past, it is being constructed without a single government grant. The $11.1 million needed for construction of the library and an atrium linking it to Old and New Chancellor Day Halls was donated exclusively by graduates, friends, and students of the McGill Faculty of Law, national law firms and foundations. The building will be named in honour of Me Nahum Gelber QC, BA 54, BCL 57, the leading benefactor of the new library and a Montreal lawyer with the firm Chait Amyot.
The Dean of the Faculty, Professor Stephen J. Toope, has noted that "Nahum Gelbers magnificent gift to McGill is a visible sign of the loyalty of hundreds of graduates who continue to uphold the work of the University. Without such support, McGill could not maintain its international standard of excellence. The Nahum Gelber Law Library will be an outstanding facility, and will help inspire new generations of students to treasure a McGill education."
Under the auspices of the McGill 21st Century Fund, the Faculty of Law also received more that half a million dollars from graduates to acquire new books and materials for the library.
Designed by Montreal architects Dan Hanganu and Tom Schweitzer, the new library vastly improves on the existing facilities. With a net area of 3,346 square metres, the new library has almost double the space of the current library, now located on several floors of New Chancellor Day Hall. When the new Library opens its doors in 1998 during the Facultys 150th Anniversary, McGills Law Faculty and students will benefit from enhanced library collections and improved services. The library will provide a working environment that facilitates serious study and advanced research, with access throughout to new information technologies.
Over the course of its 149-year history, McGills Faculty of Law has consistently been at the forefront of legal education and scholarship in Canada. Its expertise in the two great western legal traditions, common law and civil law, provides students with a truly comparative and international perspective on law. The Faculty is actively engaged internationally in legal reform and education, particularly in the fields of civil code reform, the protection of human rights and comparative law. Graduates of the Faculty are increasingly in demand by corporations, law firms and public service in Canada and around the world.