Renovation and Temporary Closure of Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

The Macdonald-Stewart Library Building will undergo significant structural repairs and major internal upgrades over the next three years, beginning May 15, 2019.

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  • For construction related queries: construction.feedback [at] mcgill.ca (McGill Facilities construction projects) 
  • For feedback related to library services or resources: schulich.library [at] mcgill.ca (McGill Library inquiries )

Project description

The Macdonald-Stewart Library Building, which houses the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering needs significant structural repairs and major internal upgrades. This work includes stabilization of the stone structure, foundation waterproofing, window replacement, washroom expansion and the installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC).

The construction work will be extensive, disruptive, and noisy. In order to minimize the impact on library users, and reduce the overall amount of time it will take to complete the work, it was determined that the best course of action is to close the building for a two year period beginning mid-May 2019.

Please note that during spring/summer 2019, users will have limited access to certain materials. Users looking to take out materials from the Schulich Collection are asked to do so before May 15, 2019.

When the construction work is completed, the Schulich Library will feature:

  • More study and workspaces
  • Improved accessibility
  • Completely restored exterior masonry
  • All new HVAC system
  • Expanded number of washrooms including gender-neutral options
  • New flooring, ceilings and lights
 

Timeline, scope of work and impact on users (subject to change)

Timeline Affected Areas Scope of Work Impact to Users
April 2019 (over 4 weeks) Schulich Course Reserves Area Schulich Course Reserves for summer 2019 term moved to Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Faculty members to notify  Schulich Library staff of selected materials to be placed on reserve for classes scheduled during the summer 2019 term. Students to access course reserve materials for summer 2019 term in Humanities and Social Sciences Library.
May 15, 2019 Macdonald-Stewart Library Building closed. Preparation work underway for relocation of staff members, equipment, furniture, etc. Macdonald-Stewart Library Building inaccessible to users. Schulich materials not accessible at this time.
June 1, 2019

Physical location of Schulich staff members.

Schulich librarians and staff members will be relocated to the 6th floor of the McLennan Library Building in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (HSSL), in order to continue providing a complete range of services to students, faculty, and researchers.

Users to visit McLennan-Redpath Complex for in-person consultations. Macdonald-Stewart Library Building inaccessible to users. Schulich materials not accessible at this time.
Summer 2019 

Schulich study desks moved to McLennan-Redpath spaces

The Library will relocate the Schulich student study desks (approximately 675 seats) to the McLennan-Redpath Complex.

Users to visit McLennan-Redpath Complex and other library branches to access workspaces. Macdonald-Stewart Library Building inaccessible to users.

Summer 2019  Schulich print & reserve collection moved to McLennan-Redpath A significant portion of the Schulich print collection and the reserve collection will be moved into McLennan-Redpath Complex for quick retrieval. Consult online catalogue for material location. Macdonald-Stewart Library Building inaccessible to users.
Fall 2019 to end of 2021 (estimated) Macdonald-Stewart Library Building

Construction work set to begin.

Macdonald-Stewart Library Building inaccessible to users.

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