About the project
As McGill University approaches its 200th anniversary in 2021, we have used the information gathered from our Master Plan and Feasibility Study and developed a bold vision to transform the Library into a cutting-edge nexus for teaching, learning and research in the digital age.
The words inscribed above the entrance to an early library building, Fiat Lux: Let There Be Light, reflect the goal of this ambitious undertaking: to create a new Library complex that will accommodate evolving educational trends, positioning it to meet the needs of current and future McGill students, faculty and researchers. Exciting advances in technology-based learning and pedagogy have radically altered the long-accepted mandate of the Library. The ambitious plans will create a vibrant Library space that is a vital centre of campus life: convenient, comfortable, safe and available, offering a wide array of virtual and on-site programming to support research and learning, including rapid access to print media.
The new Library complex will embrace McGill University’s rich past and integrate new and emerging technologies to address current space and service issues. Incorporating a rebuilt 1950s Redpath and renovated 1960s McLennan buildings, the modernized and expanded Library will be reconfigured to suit the study requirements of 21st-century library users – nearly doubling the spaces for undergrads, graduate students and faculty to study, learn, research and succeed. The new complex will feature a light-filled atrium, an iconic reading room with views of Redpath Hall, the campus and Mount Royal, along with a multi-functional stepped-forum. A completely re-imagined Rare Books and Special Collections will be accessible to the McGill community. The new McGill Library will be at the forefront of pedagogical developments, with state-of-the-art learning spaces that foster creativity and collaboration, and establish the benchmark for other academic research libraries.
Fiat Lux is a 140 million dollar endeavour that is being realized through a combination of philanthropy and institutional support.
We are now reaching out to the Library’s loyal and committed community to lend valued support to this bicentennial project.
Page last updated March 30th, 2019.