Updated October 12, 2021
New Process for Consulting Rare and Special Collections in the ROAAr Reading Room
Visitors with booked appointments and current McGill students, faculty and staff can consult rare and special material in the ROAAr Reading Room. This will allow readers to access the collections held by Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Archives, and the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.
The Reading Room is open 10 AM – 6 PM, Monday to Friday. To book an appointment, or for more information about McGill’s ROAAr collections- Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Archives, and the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, please email rarebooks.library [at] mcgill.ca. Please note, by mid-October, a vaccine passport will be required for all library users.
Current McGill students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to book an appointment ahead of time, although drop-ins will be accommodated if space permits. Note, the vaccine passport will be required for all visitors, unless you are attending a class held in ROAAr classroom or Reading room.
For visitors who are not current McGill students, faculty or staff, your visit must be booked in advance and sponsored by ROAAr (instructions below).
Located on the 4th floor of the McLennan Library Building, the Reading Room follows governmental and university safety protocols and offers socially distanced individual reading tables.
· Some material may require up to a week to retrieve.
· Not all material can be made accessible.
For visitors who are not current McGill students, faculty or staff
· Prior to your visit, email rarebooks.library [at] mcgill.ca (subject: ROAAr%20Reading%20Room%20Booking) (rarebooks.library@ mcgill.ca) to book your appointment.
· Review and adhere to the Health Guidelines.
· Review the required screening questions on the morning of your planned visit, and refrain from coming to campus if you answer yes to any of the questions.
· Please bring your vaccine passport and a piece of photo ID.