Welcome to the McGill Library

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

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I visit a McGill Library branch? 

Yes. Visit the hours webpage for a full listing of opening and service hours. You can scan, print and copy in almost all locations.

What are the health and safety guidelines for entering and working in Library spaces?

Masks are not obligatory at McGill as of May 24. We still strongly encourage you to continue to wear a mask after May 24. Mask dispensers and hand sanitizers will remain in place at library entrances. Read more about health and safety guidelines.

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 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.


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