Know before you go! Waitz now available at Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

Study space, Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering.
Published: 13 October 2023

Waitz is now available in the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering.

During the busiest times of the year we regularly hear from students regarding how challenging it can be to find a place to study in library spaces. In order to help address this concern, McGill Library is working with Waitz to display space use information online that shows how busy the McLennan-Redpath Complex and Schulich Library are in real-time, by floor, so that students can save time.

Visit the Waitz visualization page or download the free Waitz mobile app (available for both Android and iOS devices) to know how busy a McLennan-Redpath or Schulich workspace is beforehand.

The McGill Library will use the anonymous data collected to improve space efficiency and sustainability practices (e.g. space layout, facilities systems modifications, allocation of resources towards space maintenance, etc.) over time.

How does it work? Is my data protected?

The app uses custom sensors plugged into outlets that detect Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals in the area. The sensors collect space usage information using an algorithm. That information is then turned into occupancy data with 90 percent accuracy.

The McGill Library and Waitz are committed to protecting your privacy. The Waitz service does not collect or keep data on individual people. MAC address information is immediately hashed (cannot be decrypted) on the device and no personally-identifiable information is ever processed or stored on Waitz or McGill Library servers. Access Waitz’s privacy policy for more information.

Need more information? Visit the project page for more information on the service and FAQs.

Questions? We welcome feedback on the Waitz service and app. Please email info.library [at]

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