Library blogs and other sites unavailable October 28, 7:30pm to 9pm

Due to scheduled maintenance, several Library websites and services will be offline next Tuesday evening, October 28, 2014 between 7:30pm and 9pm.

The following sites and services will be affected:

We apologize for any inconvenience.

November 11: Town Hall on libraries

Town Hall posterOn Tuesday, November 11 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in the Cyberthèque (Redpath Library Building), students, faculty and staff are invited to re-imagine the McGill University Library and Archives. Representatives from the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch will explore 21st century academic library trends and present general themes, ideas, and feedback collected from recent faculty, student, and staff focus groups held in October. The Town Hall will also be livestreamed here for those who cannot attend in person.

For more information, please visit the website dedicated to the feasibility study:

Not available on November 11? Anonymous feedback on any library-related topic can be relayed at anytime by visiting:

Acclaimed actor and director Martha Henry to deliver 2014 Shakespeare Lecture

Martha Henry headshotThe Friends of the McGill Library in partnership with the Stratford Festival presents the annual Shakespeare Lecture featuring acclaimed actor and director

Martha Henry

in conversation with Myrna Wyatt Selkirk, Associate Professor, Department of English, McGill University

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 5:30pm

Pollack Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West

Free admission.

RSVP: 514-398-5711 or

About Martha Henry: Martha Henry’s storied career at the Stratford Festival began in 1962, when she appeared as Miranda to William Hutt’s Prospero and Lady Macduff in Christopher Plummer and Kate Reid’s Macbeth. Her acclaimed roles have included many of Shakespeare’s women: Titania, both Helenas, Luciana, Cressida, Viola, Countess of Rossillion, Cymbeline’s Queen, Lady Anne, Queen Eleanor, Cordelia, Goneril, Rosaline, Princess of France, Thaisa, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Doll Tearsheet, Queen Margaret, Joan la Pucelle, Constance, Isabella, Beatrice, Paulina and Volumnia. Her more contemporary roles include Olga (Three Sisters), Mary Tyrone (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Martha (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Mrs. Alving (Ghosts), Agnes (A Delicate Balance), Linda Loman (Death of a Salesman) and Prof in Taking Shakespeare, directed by Diana Leblanc in the 2013 season. As a director at the Festival, her productions include Brief Lives (Douglas Rain), Richard II (Geordie Johnson), Richard III (Tom McCamus), Antony and Cleopatra (Peter Donaldson and Diane D’Aquila), Of Mice and Men (Graham Greene), An Enemy of the People (David Fox), Three Sisters (Lucy Peacock and Tom McCamus) and Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex (Diane D’Aquila, Brent Carver and Peter Hutt). In 2014, her 40th season with the Festival, she is directing Mother Courage and Her Children and appearing as Lady Bountiful in The Beaux’ Stratagem. She is also the Director of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival. An Equity Lifetime Member and recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Martha Henry has also received five Genie Awards, two Betty Mitchell Awards, Toronto’s Drama Bench Award, New York’s Theatre World Award, three Gemini Awards (for TV) and seven honorary doctorates. She is a Member of the Order of Ontario and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

 - biography courtesy of the Stratford Festival

Lecture sponsored by Michael Sabia and Hilary Pearson.

Friday, October 10: Noisy renovation work at Schulich Library

Please be advised that on Friday, October 10th noisy masonry sawing will take place on the 4th and 5th floors in the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering. The disruption is anticipated to run from 6am – 4pm. As a result, the noise may travel to other spaces in Schulich Library.  Ear plugs are available at the Library Services desk.

For alternative study spaces, please consult our branch listing here.

For more information on the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building, please click here.

Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, October 13 (Thanksgiving Day): Humanities & Social Sciences Library open for study only. All other branches closed.

The Humanities & Social Sciences Library will be open for study on Monday, October 13 from 8 am to midnight. All branches will reopen with service on Tuesday, October 14.

Please check individual branch pages for specific opening and service hours.

Free film screening – Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam

Wednesday, October 15th at 5:30 pm
Octagon Room, Islamic Studies Library

Sufi Soul imageSynopsis: With a dogmatic and fundamentalist view of Muslims increasingly predominant in the Western media, there has never been a more important time to show an alternative view of Islam. Sufism is the mystical dimension of Islam that preaches peace, tolerance and pluralism. And it encourages music, which is seen as a way of getting closer to God. Sufi music is literally some of the most ecstatic in the
world. This documentary by Simon Broughton looks at Sufism and its music in different
part of the Islamic world – Syria, Turkey, Pakistan and Morocco. It follows
the development of Sufism, reveals the views and beliefs of devotees, examines
the growing threat from fundamentalist Islam and includes fantastic performances
from some of the greatest Sufi musicians.

A post-screening discussion will be moderated by Dr. Pasha M. Khan, Chair
in Urdu Language and Culture, and professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies.

- excerpted from

McGill Library Feasibility Study focus group participants wanted

Students working in Cybertheque. Photo by Kalsu FiedlerThis September, McGill University began a feasibility study to best determine how the McGill Library and Archives can meet the evolving teaching, learning and research needs of its community. The McGill University Library & Archives, University Services and the architecture firms of Shepley Bulfinch and EKM will be leading the initial phase of planning for the renewal of the Library. The kickoff meeting with architects has been set for Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Architects will tour library locations and meet with various user groups in order to gather data and feedback. Several faculty and student focus groups have been scheduled over the two-day period and we need your help! Feedback is being sought from undergraduate and graduate students at all levels and from all disciplines. What does the Library mean to you? Be part of a focus group and tell us what you like, what we should change or add in order to meet your learning,  research and teaching needs. Two student focus groups are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 from 11am – 12:30pm and 12:30pm – 2:00pm. A light lunch will be served.

If you are interested in being a part of a focus group please fill out this short online form:

Need more information on the study, process and people involved? Please visit

Can’t make it to the focus group session but still want to contribute ideas? Feel free to give anonymous feedback on any topic, anytime by visiting:

Photo: Klaus Fiedler, McGill Library



The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson to give 2014 F.R. Scott Lecture

The Friends of the McGill Library present the annual F.R. Scott Lecture featuring award-winning journalist and author

Jeffrey Simpson photoJeffrey Simpson

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6pm

RSVP required.

Please call 514-398-5711 or email

Birks Reading Room, 3520 University St., 2nd floor

Free admission

About Jeffrey Simpson: Jeffrey Simpson is The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist. Simpson has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes — the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Jeffrey has published eight books — including Discipline of Power (1980); Spoils of Power (1988); Faultlines, Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); The Anxious Years (1996); Star-Spangled Canadians (2000); The Friendly Dictatorship: Reflections on Canadian Democracy (2001); and Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge (2007). His latest book, published in 2012, is Chronic Condition, Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the twenty-First Century, which won the $50,000 Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy.

– excerpted from The Globe and Mail

Schulich Library of Science & Engineering: 4th floor closed temporarily Monday, September 29 to Sunday, October 5 inclusive

The 4th floor of the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, September 29 in order for workers to install temporary walls around the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building. The floor is expected to reopen on Monday, October 6th.

All other floors are available for study.

If you require materials located on the 4th floor, please visit the Library Services desk, call 514-398-4769 or email

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information on the masonry work being done at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building, please click here.