Giving to the Library

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Generously supported by the Friends of the Library, Fiat Lux: Let There Be Light is the culmination of an exhaustive planning process to match McGill’s 21st century needs.

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Each year, the McGill Library offers a wide-ranging program of exhibitions which highlight the countless gems in our collection.

News and events

The McGill Visual Arts Collection is housed within the Library and large-scale works of art can be found in study spaces across our branches.

Visual Arts Collection

The newly-opened Research Commons is a cutting-edge teaching and learning space complete with a data-visualization wall, virtual reality headset, 3D printers and 3D scanners.

Research Commons

The Library offers a wide variety of study spaces, including individual carrels and bookable group study rooms.

Study areas

The Library is home to the McGill University Archives, an amazing primary source resource for students, faculty members and researchers.

McGill University Archives

Located at the entrance to the McLennan-Redpath Complex, the Giving Tree is a visual representation of the generosity of donors to the McGill Library.

Supporting the Library

The Birks Reading Room is a picturesque, serene space reminiscent of traditional Libraries.

Library branches

Fiat Lux: Reimagining the McGill Library and Archives

Generously supported by the Friends of the Library, Fiat Lux: Let There Be Light is the culmination of an exhaustive planning process to match McGill’s 21st century needs. It proposes a newly reimagined McLennan-Redpath complex, a prudent but ambitious, flexible but flowing facility that will allow the students, faculty and researchers to meet their scholarly potential. Following the best practices of peer institutions, this redesigned site features an Automated Storage and Retrieval System installed under McGill’s lower field, allowing critical floor space to be rededicated to student solo and group study areas. Find more information on the project here.

The Impact of giving to the McGill Library and Archives

The Library is a nexus for students, professors and staff across all faculties, helping to inspire and stimulate the great minds of today and tomorrow. Drawing on almost two centuries of resources, we have accumulated one of the largest and most unique collections in North America. We offer access to over 5 million print volumes and journals, 2.3 million e-books, e-theses and e-journals, and hundreds of thousands of sound and video recordings, musical scores, microforms and maps.

The Library holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many McGill alumni, faculty, students, friends, and supporters. It serves as a home for study, research and collaboration, whether in the comfortable and elegant Birks Reading Room, the welcoming study areas of the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering, or at one of the many subject specialty libraries located across both campuses.

A gift to the Library has an immediate impact and supports the acquisition of new materials, preservation of collections, new technology, rare books and manuscripts, and more.


For futher enquiries about giving to the McGill Library and Archives, please contact:

Steven Spodek, Development and Alumni Relations Officer
Office of the Dean of Libraries
3459 McTavish Street
H3A 0C9, Montreal QC

Phone: 514-398-1771
Fax: 514-398-7356
steven.spodek [at] (Email)

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