Library Use Policy

The Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering’s policies aim to create environments that support teaching, learning and research at McGill. Adherence to library use policies will help ensure positive outcomes and experiences for library users.

Library Spaces

  • Floors 1, 3 and 6 are Quiet Zones reserved for quiet individual study. Conversation, phone calls, videoconferencing, and other noise-making activities are not allowed in these areas. Cellphones should be silenced.
  • Floors 2 and 4 are Study Zones. Hushed tones are permitted. Cellphones should be silenced.
  • The 5th Floor is a Group Study Zone where quiet conversations and videoconferencing are allowed with earbuds or earphones.
  • The Library’s service point is located on the 2nd floor next to the entrance. Please respect users that are consulting with staff in this area by speaking in hushed tones and moving briskly to your preferred location in the library.
  • Please visit our 3D printing page for information about using the library’s 3D printing lab on the 4th floor.

General Library use

  1. Bring your valid McGill ID with you. It is required for personal identification, borrowing materials, and accessing campus. Users may be asked to produce their ID card on request.
  2. Do not harass or threaten the well-being or dignity of Library staff or other users.
  3. Food is not permitted anywhere in the Schulich Library. Students may consume food in the Frank Dawson Adams foyer outside of the library or in the cafeteria located in the McConnell Engineering Building. Selling or distribution of food or beverages and the delivery of restaurant food to the Library is not permitted.
  4. Reusable water bottles or other sealed drink containers are permitted in Library spaces. Water fountains are available throughout the building.
  5. The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. For your own protection, do not leave your personal belongings unattended. Unattended personal belongings may be removed by library staff and transferred to Security.
  6. Security and Library staff may wake students who are sleeping to prevent theft of their belongings.
  7. Library users are not permitted to save seats for others or leave personal items in study pods in order to reserve them when they are not actively in use.
  8. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are not permitted anywhere in the Library (see McGill Smoking Policy).
  9. Do not disturb other users through such activities as discussions or telephone conversations, particularly in Quiet Zones and Study Zones. There are specially designated areas for group study and other areas where quiet conversations and cell phone use are permitted. Mobile devices should be silenced throughout the Library.
  10. Fundraising or product drives, canvassing, soliciting, and the surveying of Library users are not permitted anywhere in the Library. Additionally, the Library cannot support tabling to promote other organizations or services. Requests to display posters must be submitted at the service desk. Bulletin board space is reserved for posters relevant to students in departments served by Schulich.
  11. Library materials, facilities or equipment cannot be removed without authorization; familiarize yourself with borrowing conditions and the use of computers in the Library and respect them.
  12. Do not deface, mutilate, inappropriately use, or willfully deprive other users of Library materials, facilities, or equipment. Do not remove sensors from electrical outlets, or power boxes from tables. Do not highlight, underline, or write on the printed content.
  13. Lockers are reserved for graduate students. Unauthorized locks will be cut and contents dealt with as Lost and Found.
  14. Library users must observe copyright, intellectual property rights, and academic integrity when using Library materials.
  15. With the exception of service animals, animals are not permitted in the building. Failure to follow the Policy above may result in fines, sanctions, or disciplinary actions.
  16. To report a problem with library facilities or equipment, please visit the service desk.
  17. Users who do not comply with Use Policies may be asked to leave the Library.


This policy was established to preserve a clean and welcoming environment for research and study based on McGill Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities. If you have questions or comments about this policy, please contact schulich.library [at]

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