Victoria Dickenson awarded The Society for the History of Natural History President's Medal for work on the Gwillim Project

The Society for the History of Natural History (SHNH) is delighted to award the SHNH President’s Award 2023 to Victoria Dickenson for her work on the Gwillim Project: Women, Environment, and Networks of Knowledge and Exchange in Early Nineteenth Century Madras. The Award recognizes an individual or team’s contribution and impact in promoting and improving accessibility, inclusivity, and diversity to the study of the history of natural history.

Published: 19 May 2023

Osler Library of the History of Medicine reopens August 29, 2022

After several years of reconstruction work, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine is set to reopen with full service on Monday, August 29, 2022. The Osler Library will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We would like to thank the McGill community and scholar partners for their patience and collaboration during this renovation work.

Published: 23 Aug 2022

Holds temporarily not accepted on Osler Library’s circulating collection

As part of the service disruption as Osler Library of the History of Medicine moves back to the McIntyre Building, please note that no holds can currently be placed on the Osler’s circulating collection, with the exception of the journal collection in the Redpath Library Building Basement.

Published: 1 Apr 2022

Spring - Summer 2022 | Service disruption as Osler Library moves back to McIntyre

This spring/summer, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine will be moving back to the third floor of the McIntyre Medical Building.

Published: 18 Mar 2022

New ROAAr Podcast Explores Untold Stories in the McGill Library and Archives

Welcome to Voices from the Footnotes. In this podcast we will explore some of the hidden histories at the McGill University Library and Archives, looking at places, people, and artifacts. The library and archival collections are rich and fascinating, but this series flows from the silences and absences that are also present. Join us as we explore the voices and stories from the Footnotes. Highlights include:

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Published: 9 Sep 2021

Redpath & Law Library Study Hubs and ROAAr Rare Materials Consultation Room to operate at reduced capacity starting October 5

In accordance with Quebec Public Health directives, the University is scaling back certain in-person activities including the Study Hubs and the ROAAr Rare Materials Consultation Room.

Published: 2 Oct 2020

ROAAr Rare Materials Consultation Room opens September 14

Updated October 2, 2020:  

This service is now available by appointment only and limited to those who cannot consult rare material by other means. Please email rarebooks.library [at] for more information.


Published: 11 Sep 2020

Coming soon: The McGill Library Orientation Game | Raising Spirits: a Timely Diversion

The McGill library is offering an innovative activity to welcome new, current, and former McGillians back to campus, even if only in spirit. We hope to draw everyone back from afar with the aid of their computers: to entice them with the comfort of beloved spaces, the feel of delving into the library’s vast collections, and the irresistible pull of a mystery.

Published: 12 Aug 2020

Small-scale digitization of rare and special collections available as of August 3rd

Beginning the week of August 3rd, McGill Library will resume digitization of our rare and special collections on a small scale. The initial rollout of this service prioritizes the McGill community as it prepares for fall 2020 virtual teaching. McGill students, faculty, and staff may place requests using the on-de

Published: 31 Jul 2020

Update #6: Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Space Update: The Osler Library of the History of Medicine space has been repaired and reconstructed. The third and fourth floor spaces surrounding the Osler Library and managed by the Faculty of Medicine are now being renovated. As a result, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine will be operational following the completion of this construction project. Library services in McIntyre are expected to resume in 2021.

Published: 14 Dec 2019

Call for Applications | Research Grants & Awards at the Osler Library

Each year the Osler Library of the History of Medicine offers a number of awards and travel grants to local and international historians, physicians, graduate and post-doctoral students, and others whose research touches upon the history of medicine. From now through 10 January 2020, we are accepting applications for the following awards/grants:

Published: 2 Dec 2019

2019 McGill Conversations Series with Alberto Manguel

The McGill Library is pleased to welcome Alberto Manguel, writer, editor, critic and bibliophile for the fall 2019 McGill Conversations Series. Six evenings of conversation will guide attendees through some of the rare treasures of the library’s collection. From Quebec detective fiction to fairy tales, Manguel and his guests will cover a wide range of topics – something to appeal to the curiosity in all of us.



Published: 8 Aug 2019

Update #5: Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Background: As a result of the water infiltration and recovery efforts related to McIntyre Medical Building fire in July 2018, the Osler Library space in the McIntyre Medical Building continues to be closed until further notice.

Published: 5 Aug 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS – Play On! 2020 Research Colloquium at McGill Library, Montreal QC

What Happens When Libraries Play? Place aux jeux: quand les bibliothèques s’en mêlent ! McGill Library, Montreal Québec

"When we play, we explore the limits of the possible" –Thomas Hendricks.

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Published: 31 May 2019


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