The future of the McGill Library
Generously supported by the Friends of the Library, Fiat Lux: Let There Be Light is the culmination of an exhaustive planning process to match McGill’s 21st century needs. It proposes a newly reimagined McLennan-Redpath complex, a prudent but ambitious, flexible but flowing facility that will allow the students, faculty and researchers to meet their scholarly potential. Following the best practices of peer institutions, this redesigned site features an Automated Storage and Retrieval System installed under McGill’s lower field, allowing critical floor space to be rededicated to student solo and group study areas. Find more information on the project here.
The impact of giving to the McGill Library
The Library is a nexus for students, professors and staff across all faculties, helping to inspire and stimulate the great minds of today and tomorrow. Drawing on almost two centuries of resources, we have accumulated one of the largest and most unique collections in North America. We offer access to over 5 million print volumes and journals, 2.3 million e-books, e-theses and e-journals, and hundreds of thousands of sound and video recordings, musical scores, microforms and maps.
The Library holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many McGill alumni, faculty, students, friends, and supporters. It serves as a home for study, research and collaboration, whether in the comfortable and elegant Birks Reading Room, the welcoming study areas of the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering, or at one of the many subject specialty libraries located across both campuses.
A gift to the Library has an immediate impact and supports the acquisition of new materials, preservation of collections, new technology, rare books and manuscripts, and more.
Steven Spodek, Development and Alumni Relations Officer
Office of the Dean of Libraries
3459 McTavish Street, H3A 0C9, Montreal, QC, Canada
steven.spodek [at] mcgill.ca (Email)