Welcome to the McGill Library

Welcome! We're here to help make the transition to McGill a smooth and happy one. Questions? Ask us! Discover the Library's hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Library open?

McGill has a wide variety of Library spaces to suit your needs. Discover each of their hours. We encourage you to explore each of the many branches and uncover your favourite study spot.

I need help from a librarian. What do I do?

We are here to answer your questions and help you find what you are looking for. Chat, email, text or call a librarian. You can also book a virtual appointment with subject-specific research experts who will help you find what you are looking for. On-site reference services are available. Please consult the hours page for more information.

Can I eat and drink in the Library?

Reusable water bottles or other sealed drink containers are permitted in Library spaces. Water fountains are available. Food is not permitted in Library spaces. Please visit McGill Food & Dining Services for more information regarding where to eat on campus.

Is there a way to track how full Library spaces are before I visit?

Yes, you can check how busy the McLennan-Redpath Library Complex is in real-time before heading to campus with the Waitz space use service. Visit the Library’s Waitz visualization page or download the free Waitz mobile app (available for both Android and iOS devices) to know before you go!

I forgot my phone or laptop charger at home. Can the Library help?

The Library offers a wide range of equipment for loan, including Sony Stereo Headphones, MacBook chargers, Scientific Calculators, and more. Discover the options here.

What is the Fiat Lux project?

The Fiat Lux Project is the transformation of the McLennan-Redpath Library complex into a new library filled with service and space offerings for the digital era to better respond to the needs of McGill students. The new library will be a light-filled, open-concept space that favours flexibility and multifunctionality to support different modes of learning, as well as health and well-being. The new library will nearly double available seating. Learn more on the project website.

I have heard that collections are moving from the McLennan-Redpath Complex. What do I need to know?

For the latest news on the construction of the off-site Collections Centre and the upcoming movement of circulating materials from the McLennan-Redpath Complex, visit the dedicated website.


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