New Redpath Book Display: Celebrating Black History Month

In February, your librarians have created a book display to celebrate Black History Month. The selections honour the contributions of Black Canadians, their history and their experiences. You will find literature, including poetry, and social and historical studies written by Canadian authors. The display will be up the entire month of February so take a break and browse the shelf…better yet, borrow a book and consider entering our Book Review contest.

CONTEST | Read and win!

Read any book on the McGill Library’s Black History Month Book Display and share your thoughts, feelings, or opinions on the book by submitting a short book review. Tell us what you thought of the writing, research, story, or message.

The winner will receive a book of poetry by George Elliott Clarke, the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and will have their review published on the Humanities and Social Sciences Library blog.

Maximum 500 words
Apply by email to
Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

For more information on how McGill is celebrating Black History Month, visit the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office website.

New Redpath Book Display: Technology & Society

Come and check out the new Redpath Book Display in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library: Technology & Society. If you’re interested in the political, social, or psychological impacts of digital technologies, social media use, big data, or privacy and surveillance, you’re sure to find a title of interest. The display will be up until February so take a break and browse the shelf…better yet, borrow a book! Happy reading.


Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

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The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin purchased Gabriel García Márquez’s archive two years ago and has now made about half of the collection available for free online. One Hundred Years of Solitude was one of the first books of adult fiction I read and it opened me up to the possibilities of literature and storytelling. Of course García Márquez is known for so much more and now fans and researchers can delve deep into the Nobel Prize winner’s drafts, notebooks, photographs, and other material in over 27,000 pages of digitized content. Read the New York Times article to learn more about the archive. From the article: “Many archives are digitizing their holdings. But to make so much material from a writer whose work is still under copyright freely available online is unusual.” Unusual indeed and very exciting.