Off-campus Library users who need to access an electronic resource through the Library website, Sofia discovery tool (McGill catalogue), or through the "McGill Library Full Text" links in Google Scholar, are asked to log in to EZProxy with a McGill username and password before accessing the resource.
All library branches are now open for University business ONLY. The access to physical library spaces, on-site services & collections is limited to current McGill students, faculty, and staff.
As a result, borrowing practices for community members have temporarily changed:
Did you know that McGill owns land in Mont St. Hilaire? It is called the Gault Nature Reserve. If this land could speak, what story would it tell?
ROAAr (Rare Books, Osler, Art and Archives, the special collections unit at the McGill University Library) and podcast producer and host Sheetal Lodhia explore the story of the beautiful land and waters of the Gault Nature Reserve in the first episode of “Voices from the Footnotes,” a podcast series launching this fall.
Please note that the McGill Library website will be updated on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 8 am to 4 pm. This maintenance work may result in catalogue-related links to library content being temporarily unavailable. The links may be unavailable for approximately 15-60 minutes during the morning hours of the update period.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please note that the sixth floor of the McLennan Library Building will be temporarily closed on Friday, September 10 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM for safety reasons related to crane operations on McTavish and the west field. Please consult our branch listing for alternative locations.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Questions? Ask us!
When McGill Library spaces and services reopen September 1st, the Cyberthèque on the ground floor of the Redpath Library Building will serve as a designated Zoom Zone where students can attend and participate in online activities. Students who attend classes virtually but do not need to speak can do so from any library work area.
Starting September 1, the Library will be open for University business ONLY.
Due to University directives, we will not be open to the general public at this time.
Access will be limited to current McGill students, faculty, and staff.
Thank you for your understanding.
Please note that all Library branches except for the Humanities and Social Sciences Library and the Nahum Gelber Law Library will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labour Day.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Redpath Library Building entrance) and Nahum Gelber Law Library will be open on September 6 from 10 am to midnight for study only.
During the pandemic Library users have benefitted from the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). With the opening of the Library for the fall term on September 1, access to the physical stacks will be reinstated and our agreement with Hathi Trust will come to an end.
Updated September 3, 2021
The Library created a detailed LibGuide that offers a helpful overview of the newly branded Sofia catalogue to the McGill community. It contains many helpful tricks for using the catalogue effectively and is a great, bookmark-worthy resource.
Sofia, McGill’s bilingual catalogue is evolving! As of July 14, you will be able to explore the new interface of Quebec university libraries’ discovery tool. This renewed interface is more user-friendly and offers several improvements:
- Redesigned ergonomics for smoother and more intuitive navigation
- New intelligent request processing feature that displays the document which is the easiest to access
- Search terms underlined in yellow
Due to scheduled maintenance, ProQuest Ebook Central will be unavailable on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 10:00am to 6:00pm EDT.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Study Hubs, Library Pickup Service, and Virtual Reference Service not available Thursday, June 24 & Thursday, July 1
Please note that McGill Study Hubs, Library Pickup Service and Virtual Reference Service will not be available on Thursday, June 24 and Thursday, July 1 in observance of La fête nationale/Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canada Day respectively.
2021 summer service hours available here.
As a part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) negotiation, McGill Library is pleased to announce a new open access discount with Elsevier. McGill corresponding authors publishing in eligible Elsevier journals now have access to a 20% discount on article processing charges (APCs). This is retroactive to articles submitted after January 1, 2021.