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Creating Moments of Discovery with Extraordinary Collections

Rare Books and Special Collections

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Visual Arts Collection

McGill University Archives

In September 2016, the McGill Library brought its four rare collection units—Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, the Visual Art Collection, and Archives & Record Management—together under one umbrella. Together, the unified “ROAAr” group helps showcase the unique holdings within each of the four branches through cross-unit collaboration, strengthening and distinguishing their rich collections and the Library as a whole.

The logo, designed by Digital Library Services’ Greg Houston, mirrors the tenacity of ROAAr’s mission; it is a Venetian lion, inspired by a limestone carving that sits atop the old Redpath Library Building, perched on a book, symbolizing power, wisdom and justice.

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