Background: As a result of the water infiltration and recovery efforts related to McIntyre Medical Building fire incident in July, the Osler Library space in the McIntyre Medical Building continues to be closed until further notice. The Osler recovery team has been focusing their efforts on restoring materials and making holdings from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine collection accessible to users.
Update: We are happy to report that nearly all of the Osler Library’s materials have been rehoused in McLennan-Redpath Complex and are accessible.
Circulation Collection: The Osler Library's circulating collection is now accessible by request. In January 2019, card key access to circulating collection materials will be provided to members of the McGill community who need to access the collection directly (e.g., SSOM faculty members, graduate students, and other students in history of medicine classes). Osler books can also be requested directly through the catalogue. It was determined that 600 volumes from the circulating collection have been damaged beyond repair; a further 800 need repair. A timeline regarding the accessibility of these materials will be announced soon. In the meantime, circulating collection material that is unavailable on site can be requested by McGill students, faculty, and staff through Interlibrary Loans. Additional copies of books can be acquired should faculty members require them for teaching purposes. Please direct requests to osler.library [at] mcgill.ca.
Osler Rare collection: Items prior to 1840 and Robertson materials are currently available for review upon request on the 4th floor of the McLennan Library Building.
Osler staff members continue to be based from the 4th floor of the McLennan Library Building (3459 McTavish Street) and are available to handle reference requests when possible. Please send inquiries to the Osler via email at osler.library [at] mcgill.ca or call 514-398-4711. Library users can also visit in person. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm. Click here for more information.
Thank you for your patience during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance.