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Prepare for Your Class

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction for most courses at McGill is English; however, students may submit any written work that is to be graded in English or in French, except in courses where knowledge of the language is one of the objectives of the course. For more information, see Language Policy.

Your Classroom

Please refer to Minerva for the most up-to-date information on the location of your class. Remember to re-check before you attend your class for any last-minute changes. See Maps if you are unsure of the location of a building.


Any required textbooks for your course will be listed in the course description in the Timetable.

You can buy your textbooks at the McGill Bookstore. The bookstore carries new and used textbooks, custom courseware, as well as reference and general books, stationery and office supplies, diploma frames, McGill clothing and giftware.

There are several bookstores around McGill that carry used textbooks. Another useful resource is the McGill Classified Ads, where many students sell their textbooks and other items.

McGill Libraries

The McGill Library is made up of thirteen branch libraries and additional special collections ranging across all disciplines. It also provides a wide range of computer and online resources, as well as group study areas and more. For complete information, including schedules for orientation workshops and tours, see the McGill Library website.

McGill Computer Store

The McGill Computer Store is located on the second floor of the McGill Bookstore and sells computer equipment and software to McGill students and staff. The MCS offers a variety of software and hardware products at special discount prices for students.

Course Evaluations – Mercury – Your Feedback Is Important

Mercury is McGill’s online course evaluation system, accessed through Minerva. At the end of each term, you will receive notices to evaluate your courses online. Evaluations and comments submitted via Mercury are strictly confidential and help improve the School’s offerings to students. Your feedback is important!