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Symposium: Celebrating Voltaire/ Célébrer Voltaire, March 9, 2016

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Voltaire was a celebrity and a figure of controversy in the 18th century. Famous for his wit and his advocacy of civil liberties, he remains the subject of much debate and discussion in the 21st century. 

On March 9, 2016, the McGill University Library and Archives welcomed a group of local and international scholars for a one-day symposium “Celebrating Voltaire”.

The symposium included sessions in both English and French. View the Agenda below.

Published: 2Jun2016

Exhibition: Jewish Bibliophilia: Sacred and Secular

McLennan Library Building McLennan Library Lobby, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

What drives humans to collect? Walter Benjamin, the early 20th century philosopher and cultural critic, commented: “O bliss of the collector… Ownership is the most intimate relationship one can have to objects.

Exhibition: Illuminated Qur'ans

Morrice Hall Islamic Studies Library, 3485 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E1, CA

The Arabic writing used for setting down the sacred text of the Qur’an subsequently went under a diffusion corresponding to the expansion of the Islamic faith and to the development of the Islamic civilization.

Downtime for McGill WorldCat and McGill Full Text links, June 4-5

Due to scheduled maintenance, the following services and systems will be unavailable from June 4, 2016 at 9pm until June 5, 2016 at noon:

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Published: 19May2016

The McGill Library's Islamic Lithographs digital Collection is now live

The Islamic Studies Library Collections at McGill University include over 750 lithographed volumes printed in the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century in the Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkey), North Africa (Morocco), and South Asia (India, Pakistan).

Published: 17May2016

A war hero in our midst: The story of George Irvine Baillie

Have you ever noticed any of the 7 portraits hanging on the inside walls of the Schulich Library?  Each portrait has captured a moment in that person’s life and invites us to find out the story behind the face.

Published: 4May2016

Author Anny Scoones discusses memories of her mother, painter Molly Lamb Bobak

Redpath Library Building Research Commons Room A, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA


The McGill Friends of the Library are pleased to welcome Anny Scoones, author of Last Dance in Shediac, Memories of Mum, Molly Lamb Bobak.

Getting started with 3D printing

Redpath Library Building Research Commons Room B, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

This workshop will introduce the McGill Library's new 3D printing service, and explain how to use the 3D printers.

Colombo ILL downtime, April 16 and April 23

Access to the Colombo Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service will be unavailable, due to scheduled server migrations:

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016  from 2:00am-6:00am (with a possible extension to 12:00pm)
  • Saturday, April 23, 2016  from 2:00am-6:00am (with a possible extension to 12:00pm)

We apologize for any inconvienience.

Published: 8Apr2016

McGill X1 Accelerator interviews & team meetings (Dobson Centre)

Redpath Library Building Research Commons Room A, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

The McGill X-1 Accelerator is an intensive 10-week summer program to learn the skills to become better entrepreneurs.


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