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RESOLVED: Archival Catalogue outage

Updated 2:43pm: The Archival Catalogue is back up. 


Our Archival Catalogue is currently not available due to an outage.   

We will update this page with additional information as it becomes available and apologize for any inconvenience. 

Published: 15 Aug 2018

System maintenance: ProQuest update Saturday, August 18

ProQuest will be performing maintenance to its ebook and database platforms on Saturday, August 18.

Ebook Central will be unavailable from 12pm to 5pm. ProQuest databases will unavailable from 10:00 pm for up to 8 hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Published: 14 Aug 2018

New Guest Only Public Computers at McGill Library

New for this Fall, visitors to the McGill Library can now log in to specially marked computer workstations using the login information available at individual stations. These designated computers can be identified by the yellow "Guest Only" label located on monitors and are located in each of our branch libraries.  


Published: 13 Aug 2018

Update: Law Library reopened, some washrooms remain closed

UPDATE: August 13, 2018.

Hi everyone,

The Nahum Gelber Law Library is back to its regular operational hours, including after-hours access to authorized card holders. ALL washrooms, except for those on the main floor, are closed for repairs until further notice.

Published: 10 Aug 2018

New look for group study room booking

On Wednesday, August 8, we upgraded our LibCal Room booking system, resulting in a new, cleaner look for group study room booking at the Library.

After the upgrade, you may book up to two hours in a group study room by selecting from a pull-down menu once you have selected one time slot, rather than having to select each 30-minute time slot separately.

Published: 8 Aug 2018

System maintenance: WorldCat Discovery unavailable Sunday, August 12, from 1:00 am to 6:00 am.

There is planned system maintenance to WorldCat Discovery online catalogue and search tool on Sunday, August 12, from 1:00am to 6:00 am. These services may be unavailable during that time.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Published: 8 Aug 2018

Seeking faculty participants for interviews about the Library catalogue

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The McGill Library upgraded its main library catalogue (WorldCat) August 6, 2018. We are conducting interviews to inform the changes that we are making and to better understand the needs of our users when searching the McGill Library catalogue(s).  

Published: 7 Aug 2018

System maintenance: Colombo (ILL) service not available Saturday, August 11, 3:00 am to 7:00 am

Planned system maintenance on the Colombo servers will take place on Saturday, August 11, at 3:00am. The work is expected to last for up to 4 hours and McGill Colombo Interlibrary Loan service will not be available during this time.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Published: 6 Aug 2018

Library Catalogue upgrade to WorldCat Discovery on August 6

On Monday, August 6, the Library upgraded the existing WorldCat Local catalogue and search tool to its successor, WorldCat Discovery. 


As part of the upgrade, course reserves for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accessible solely through WorldCat Discovery.

Published: 6 Aug 2018

Some specialized software not available

Over the summer, we've been updating all of our public computers with a new Windows 10 operating system and new software. During this upgrade, we've encountered some temporary access issues with the specialized software listed below. 

HSSL and Macdonald campus library e-classrooms 


Published: 31 Jul 2018

New way of searching course reserves

As part of the upgrade to WorldCat Discovery on Monday, August 6, all course reserves for the 2018-2019 academic year are now accessible solely on WorldCat Discovery. 

Published: 26 Jul 2018

UPDATE: WorldCat and other OCLC services restored.

Update July 20, 8:22am: WorldCat and other OCLC services now functioning normally.

WorldCat and other OCLC services are currently down. This issue is affecting both WorldCat Local (our main library catalogue) and WorldCat Discovery (our catalogue upgrade), the "Chat with a Librarian" and "Email a Librarian" services, the E-journals A-Z list, and Colombo ILL (our InterLibrary Loan service).

Published: 19 Jul 2018

July 20 Terrace along Redpath Library Building inaccessible

Please note that on Friday, July 20 from 7am to 3pm, the terrace facing lower field along the Redpath Library Building will be inaccessible due to tree removal. 

The terrace will be closed from the north end (Redpath Museum) to the terrace garden. 

Published: 18 Jul 2018

Osler Library of the History of Medicine Closed

Early Friday night, July 13, firefighters were called to the McIntyre Medical Building to put out a fire on the outdoor terrace. The evacuation procedure went smoothly and no injuries were reported....

Published: 16 Jul 2018

Downtime for Library Blogs and Library Matters due to upgrade, July 16 8:00am to 8:30am

McGill Library Blogs and Library Matters will be unavailable Monday, July 16, 2018 from 8:00am to 8:30am for a scheduled WordPress upgrade.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Published: 13 Jul 2018


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