As part of the Fiat Lux project, the McGill Library will be transferring a significant portion of the print collection in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library to a new storage facility. Space for 500,000 items will be available when the new library is completed, with the rest held remotely and available by request within a delay of 24 hours.
In order to ensure that both recent and highly used materials remain physically on campus, the library has produced a list of items that meet either of the following criteria:
- Books published within the last 10 years
- Books borrowed within the last 5 years
This list will serve as a first draft as we work towards the final list of material to remain on campus. Circulation history is the most reliable indicator that an item will be used again, therefore users would benefit overall from previously borrowed material staying on campus.
We understand that recency and loan history alone may not identify material that some of our users rely on in ways that placement in storage would negatively affect. Therefore, we are seeking input from faculty and students in order to identify any material that does not meet the above criteria, but which nevertheless would be beneficial to remain on campus for practical research or teaching needs.
Below are two sets of lists, broken down by subject, containing all the items that meet one of the above criteria (and would remain on campus) as well as those that do not (and would be sent to storage). If there are any individual items on the storage list that you would like to request remain on campus, please fill out this form, or write to collectionmanagement.library [at] mcgill.ca or your liaison librarian with a list. We require you provide the barcode number of the item(s) you are requesting, which can be found in the far right column in each list, as this represents a unique identifier. Other information, such as author, title, and year, would also be helpful.
**There is now an added method of indicating titles you would like to see remain downtown. In each of the lists of titles designated for storage, there is a column labelled “Mark requested items (X).” You can download the excel file and use this column to mark individual items with an X to request they stay downtown. When you are done working with the list, save it and email the file as an attachment to collectionmanagement.library [at] mcgill.ca. Due to the size of the files, please make sure to send it from your McGill email account. If you have any issues with this, please contact us.**
These sets of lists below will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the requests made since the previous update. The final list will be compiled at the end of the summer, so please have your requests in by August 31, 2021. Even though the completion of the storage facility is still a couple years away, substantial preparation of the collection is needed. In order to be ready to transfer material when the facility opens, the future location of these items must be determined well ahead of time.
We will attempt to honour all requests, however the amount of material we can retain on campus is limited to approximately 450,000 items, as this will ensure we have room for newly published material. In order to respect this limit, retention of some material may require relegation to storage of other items otherwise meeting the criteria to remain. Consequently, the Library retains the right to make final decisions about the location of library materials.
It is also important to note that the type of storage facility we are building will allow for us to transfer material from the storage facility to the campus stacks (and vice-versa) should the need arise.
Please note that journals are not found within these lists, as only journal titles for which we have an ongoing print subscription will be retained on site.
|Call number||Subjects||# Books to be sent||# Books to remain|
|A||General Works||29 019||10 427|
|B, BC, BD, BH, BJ||Philosophy||29 350||19 090|
|BF||Psychology||14 861||7 718|
|BL, BM, BP, BQ, BR, BS, BT, BV, BX||Religion||63 178||25 611|
|C||Auxiliary Sciences of History||10 045||3 532|
|D||World History||133 520||51 419|
|E||History of the Americas||21 001||12 004|
|F||History of the Americas||26 047||13 564|
|G, GF, GV||Geography - Human (Updated 1 April 2021)||23 302||7 508|
|GA, GB, GC, GE||Geography - Physical||6 744||1 848|
|GN, GR, GT||Anthropology||11 255||5 512|
|H, HA, HM, HN, HQ, HS, HT, HV, HX||Sociology||68 103||32 934|
|HB, HC||Economics||34 885||9 370|
|HD, HF, HG, HJ||Business-Finance-Management||70 827||17 211|
|J||Political Sciences (updated 1 April 2021)||36 884||19 591|
|K||Law (updated 1 April 2021)||12 576||3 165|
|L||Education||41 139||9 177|
|N, NB, NC, ND, NE, NK, NX||Fine Arts||40 349||15 697|
|NA, HE||Architecture & Transportation||18 063||7 994|
|P1 - P1091||Linguistics||13 344||6 776|
|PA||Greek & Latin Languages and Literature||13 031||5 469|
|PB||Modern & Celtic Languages||1 111||176|
|PC||Roman Languages||8 163||2 042|
|PD||Germanic & Scandinavian Languages||616||48|
|PE||English Language||6 322||2 412|
|PF||West Germanic Languages||2 085||232|
|PG||Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages (updated 1 April 2021)||18 558||4 624|
|PH||Uralic & Basque Languages||579||98|
|PJ||Oriental Languages & Literatures||7 334||1 559|
|PK||Indo-Iranian Languages & Literatures||2 173||693|
|PL||Eastern Asia, Africa & Oceania Languages and Literatures||18 750||7 744|
|PM||Hyperborean & Indian Languages||949||376|
|PN||Literature||36 071||25 433|
|PQ1 - PQ3999||French Literature||33 505||13 681|
|PQ4000 - PQ5999||Italian Literature||19 168||4 215|
|PQ6001 - PQ8560||Spanish Literature||26 705||5 635|
|PQ9000 - PQ9699||Portuguese Literature||710||251|
|PR||English Literature||53 157||22 960|
|PS||American Literature||43 437||21 091|
|PT1 - PT4897||German Literature||28 929||7 142|
|PT5001 - PT9999||Scandinavian Literature||2 543||540|
|PZ||Fiction & Juvenile Belles Lettres||984||476|
|Q||Science||55 955||6 124|
|R||Medicine||14 763||5 188|
|T||Technology||14 424||3 868|
|U||Military Science||7 302||2 266|
|V||Naval Science||1 250||322|
|W||Health Professions||24 489||976|
|Z||Library Science||41 354||5 430|
|Not Assigned||No data||4 435||1 079|