Teaching services

Faculty Guidebook

Find out the many ways the Library can support your teaching and research

Faculty Guidebook (pdf)

Enhancing your teaching

The Library shares your goals of advancing learning and student success. Faculty have special borrowing privileges. While Google Scholar provides links to McGill Library holdings of monographs and journals, you can search the WorldCat Discovery Catalogue or use our subject guides and specialized databases. Assistance is available from your Liaison Librarian.

Getting started? The Library has prepared a checklist of everything you need to do to prepare for the academic year.

Your Liaison Librarian

  • Will provide customized information and research skills training for your students. Training is designed to meet the learning outcomes for your teaching programs to develop specific information literacy skills so they understand and develop effective search strategies, use time efficiently, locate appropriate materials for assignments and learning, and achieve better results. A range of introductory sessions are offered as part of the Library's Orientation programme and your Liaison Librarian will tailor a programme to meet your ongoing needs.
  • Will also locate materials to support your teaching, and will assist you in creating links from your course reading lists to our online holdings. These can easily be integrated into myCourses (WebCT Vista).
  • Creates subject and course guides covering most topics taught at McGill, highlighting key databases and other resources.

Obtaining the teaching materials you and your students need


The Library often has online access to journal articles and book chapters that are assigned readings for courses. To minimize the need for a coursepack, you can create direct links from your myCourses site to required library resources. You may also upload scanned book chapters and journal articles to myCourses. The Library will seek permissions and pay copyright fees if needed. To learn more, refer to this online guide or contact copyright.library [at] mcgill.ca.

Suggesting material for purchase

We will buy any additional material you want to support your teaching. Please let your Liaison Librarian know about any gaps or complete our Suggest a purchase form.

Materials in high demand: reserves

The Library will provide links to e-books and e-articles and where possible scan portions of books for the instructor to insert into myCourses. Students can then access the content from anywhere, at any time. If material is only available in print, we will purchase a copy and put it on short term loan in the appropriate branch. Required textbooks should be purchased by students, in selected cases a courtesy copy will be made available in the library. To request assistance with linking, scanning, or print materials, contact your branch library. Your students can search for reserve material by course number or by the instructor's name in the Library Catalogue.


Students appreciate the Library’s eExams service, which provides copies of previous exams to help them prepare for upcoming exams. Faculty authorize the deposit of exam papers into the eExams database through the Examinations Coordinator’s Office. Please consult our web page for information on finding electronic exams.

Information literacy workshops, classes and seminars to guide your students

A range of introductory sessions focused on finding and using information resources and more detailed and specialized workshops and graduate seminars are offered in the beginning weeks of the Fall and Winter terms as part of the Library’s Orientation program.

To organize a customized instruction session presented either in your own classroom or in one of the Library’s e-classrooms, just ask your liaison librarian.

Consult our Workshops & tours page for a complete list of instructional sessions currently being offered in the Library.

"It's really refreshing to be at an institution that takes books as well as the newer electronic databases seriously. And that has a generosity toward its library that means librarians are available, first-rate, knowledgeable, and that they make accessible such a wide array of artifacts and materials." -- Andrea Tone, Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine

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