As of Wednesday, October 27, 2021, a vaccine passport provided by the Quebec Government will be required to access all physical Library spaces.
How is the vaccine passport applied in the Library?
As of mid/late October, an authorized Quebec vaccine passport and accompanying McGill I.D. OR a Fast-Pass sticker is required to access:
- All physical Library study spaces, conversation/Zoom zones as well as group study rooms, lobbies and bathrooms.
- Book stacks throughout the Library system. Users without a passport can place regular loan materials on hold in the catalogue and pick them up at select branch locations. See FAQ below for more information.
- Library equipment including printers/scanners, laptop lending machines, phone charging machines, lockers and carrels.
- The Redpath Café located in the Redpath Library Building.
Please note that:
- Due to University directives, the Library is not open to the general public.
- Between now and mid/late October, users will be able to access library branches. In that period, staff will conduct spot checks and users without a passport will be advised that they will need to have one by mid/late October.
- Access to the McLennan-Redpath Library Complex will be triaged:
- Individuals holding a Fast-Pass stickered McGill ID card to enter through the Redpath Library Building doors. Access through these doors is available from 8:00AM - 6:00 PM.
- Individuals presenting a print or electronic proof of vaccination QR code and McGill ID to enter through McLennan Library Building doors.
- From 6:00 PM to midnight, all individuals are to present their vaccine passport or Fast-Pass sticker at the McLennan Library Building doors.
Presenting a vaccine passport or Fast-Pass Sticker
Individuals presenting a vaccine passport at the branch entrance will require (1) their McGill ID and (2) their choice of:
- The electronic proof-of-vaccination QR code produced by the Quebec government;
- A printout of the proof-of-vaccination QR code produced by the Quebec government; or
- The QR code produced by the VaxiCode app
Individuals can gain access by presenting a Fast-Pass sticker located on their McGill ID card. The sticker also allows users to access residential dining halls, on-campus food locations, athletics facilities and other venues where the vaccine passport is required.
To obtain a sticker, individuals will need to complete a short consent form and present the above items at a pop-up registration desk.
Thousands of students have already taken advantage of the Fast-Pass Program. Register your vaccine passport for a Fast-Pass sticker at the branches below.
Registration hours for week of October 25*:
- Islamic Studies Library (Monday 9 AM - 1 PM; Tuesday 10 AM - 2PM; W-F 9AM - 5PM)
- Macdonald Campus Library (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM)
- Marvin Duchow Music Library (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM)
- McLennan-Redpath Complex (M-F, noon - 4 PM)
- Nahum Gelber Law Library (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM)
*Please note that stickers will be in limited supply until Friday, October 29 due to a shipping delay.
Visit this space often for more registration dates and locations.
Getting a vaccine passport
It is an individual's responsibility to register your vaccinations and get your vaccine passport. If you have been vaccinated outside of Quebec, please visit Clic Sante and click “Select a Service” and “COVID-19 Vaccine: Troubleshooting” to make an appointment to register your vaccinations.
How to get vaccinated if you are not already vaccinated
The University expects you to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. Please consult the Get vaccinated page for instructions on how to book a vaccination appointment and find a walk-in clinic. The vaccination is free and is open to everyone (including international students) with photo identification and your RAMQ card or health information from outside of Quebec. If you have any questions about vaccination, please consult the Unsure about vaccination page.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Procedural masks are required in all Library spaces even if you are adequately vaccinated.
- Those wearing cloth masks will need to replace them with procedural masks provided at branch entrances.
- Physical distance of one meter must be respected at all times.
- Food is not permitted in the Library.
- Food is permitted in food and dining locations situated within a Library building (e.g. Redpath Café). Masks may be removed when eating in these dining locations but must be worn when leaving the table.
- Reusable water bottles or other sealed drink containers are permitted in Library spaces.
- Everyone coming to campus must follow the guidelines on this page to ensure the health and safety of our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- What can I do to avoid lineups?
Individuals can gain access by presenting a Fast-Pass sticker located on their McGill ID card. To obtain this sticker, students can visit a pop-up vaccine registration desk (see dates/times/locations above). Please consult our listing of opening and service hours and plan your library visit if possible. Peak hours tend to be from 11 AM to 4 PM. Users can also check how busy the McLennan-Redpath Library Complex is in real-time before heading to campus with the Waitz space use service. Visit the Waitz visualization page or download the free Waitz mobile app (available for both Android and iOS devices) to know before you go. Please note that access to the McLennan-Redpath Library Complex will be triaged: 1) Individuals holding a Fast-Pass stickered McGill ID card to enter through the Redpath Library Building doors. Access through these doors is available from 8:00AM - 6:00 PM. 2) Individuals presenting a print or electronic proof of vaccination QR code and McGill ID to enter through McLennan Library Building doors. 3) From 6:00 PM to midnight, all individuals are to present their vaccine passport or Fast-Pass sticker at the McLennan Library Building doors.
- Do I have to wear a mask in the Library even if I am adequately protected?
Procedural masks are required in all Library spaces even if you are adequately protected. Those wearing cloth masks will need to replace them with procedural masks provided at branch entrances.
- Where can I go to work and study until I get vaccinated and obtain a passport?
Flexible spaces on campus are open for students to study in between classes and to attend online lectures. Students will be able to eat in these spaces as long as they are able to respect at least two metres of distancing. View the listing of flex spaces.
- How do I request and pick up materials I need for my work?
Users without a passport can place a hold on regular loan materials in the catalogue and request that the available regular loan item be delivered to the following branch locations: Birks Reading Room, Islamic Studies Library, Macdonald Campus Library, Marvin Duchow Music Library, Education Curriclum Resources Centre. If you do not have a vaccine passport, you will not be able to pick it up from the Humanities & Social Science Library or the Nahum Gelber Law Library.
Requesting an item:
Faculty members with a campus address that is served by McGill’s mail system can request office delivery.
- To request an item for pick-up, search for it in the library catalogue, and select the “Place hold” link.
- Select one of the following locations from the Pickup Options: Birks Reading Room, Islamic Studies Library, Macdonald Campus Library, Marvin Duchow Music Library or Education Curriclum Resources Centre
- Items requested will be retrieved within 4 business days, Monday to Friday.
- You will be notified by email when the requested item is retrieved and ready for you to pick up. The item will be held for you at the branch library for 4 days.
- It is also possible to place requests for items that are “on order” or “in-process”.
- Requests for pick-up cannot be placed on Course Reserve items.
- How do I access course reserves?
Course Reserves will be accessible at the following branch locations: Birks Reading Room, Islamic Studies Library, Macdonald Campus Library, Marvin Duchow Music Library, Education Curriculum Resources Centre. For access to Course Reserves from the Humanities & Social Sciences Library please contact the circulation supervisors at: hsslloans.library [at] mcgill.ca. For access to Course Reserves from the Nahum Gelber Law Library, please email Elizabeth Gibson at elizabeth.gibson [at] mcgill.ca
- My official McGill course is located in a Library branch. How do I access it?
If the official classroom for your course (as listed in Minerva) is located in the library, please let the ambassador at the check-in desk know what class you are attending. They will direct you accordingly.
- How do I access the Language Lab located in the basement of the McLennan Library Building?
A single door to the far left will be marked for entry. Students using the labs can bypass the passport lineup and go straight down the stairs.
- I am a visiting scholar and have booked an appointment to consult rare & special collections in the ROAAr Reading Room. How do I access the space?
Double vaccination is required for entry into the ROAAr Reading Room. Non-McGill readers from Quebec must be able to show their vaccine passports. Readers from outside Quebec must show comparable proof. Please be ready to show your proof of vaccination, visitor Access Form, photo ID, and an e-mail outlining the appointment confirmation at the check-in desk on the main floor of the McLennan Library Building. For more information regarding the process for consulting special collections in the ROAAr Reading Room, consult the dedicated webpage.
- I am in a study group through McGill's Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL). How do I access a library space?
Double vaccination is required for entry into Library spaces. At the branch entrance please be ready to show the safety ambassador your proof of vaccination, photo ID, and either your MCLL membership card or a copy of the MCLL study group registration information that you received by mail.