Therapy Dog visit leaves students ‘begging’ for more

Update: The dogs are coming back on November 21st!


The dogs are back!

Having a ‘ruff’ time with midterms? The McGill Humanities and Social Sciences Library invites students to take a ‘paws’ with Brandy and Astra, two Shetland Sheepdogs who are part of the Blue Ribbon Therapy Dog program.

Yesterday afternoon, students stopped by the Redpath Library Building Group Zone to spend some time with the dogs to clear their heads and take a well-deserved break from studying. 

Harriet is happy to answer students’ questions about her dogs.

Harriet Schleifer is a co-founder of the Blue Ribbon Therapy Dog program. She has been working with Brandy, who is 14 years old, for 12 years. Astra, who is only 2 years old, is the apprentice. Harriet and Brandy have been coming to McGill for many years; visit requests from the University have skyrocketed since the program began, with other universities and cegeps catching on as well.

Left: Brandy, Right: Astra

Harriet takes her dogs on visits to hospitals, nursing homes, women’s shelters and other universities. They also participate in a program where children read to dogs in order to improve their reading skills.

Astra sits pretty for some treats, while Brandy enjoys some attention.

Despite their packed social schedule, Brandy and Astra will be here again next week!

The visit will take place on November 21st from 12 to 2 pm in the Redpath Library Building Group Zone.

Therapy Dog visits are possible thanks to funding from the Mary H. Brown Fund!

After two hours, 14-year-old Brandy is ready for a nap!

New Redpath Book Display: LGBTQ+ History Month at McGill



For some, October might sound like Oktoberfest, autumn leaves and the beginning of a new term. But for McGill, it is the first LGBTQ2i+ History Month and the library is celebrating it.

McGill’s iteration of Canada’s national LGBT History Month includes a special focus on Two-Spirit (2) and intersex (i) folks.

For the entire month of October, the Redpath Book Display (Main Floor) will showcase materials discussing the joys and frustrations of the Gay Rights Movement as well as the complexities of identities and experiences within the community.

Come browse and borrow.

We will be restocking all month with an ongoing collection of books, so feel free to check back often for new titles!

You can also explore the display titles by looking at this list of WorldCat Discovery records. Open the record titles to read the summary descriptions of each book.

There is also a list of relevant eBooks and DVDs that can be borrowed from the HSSL Self-Serve Reserves Room.

Check out The McGill Reporter for more LGBTQ2i+ events happening across campus throughout the month.

Redpath Book Display
Redpath Library Building
Main Floor
Items are on Regular Loan

Open Access Exhibition by Microfiches

This week, October 22 to 28, the McGill Library is celebrating Open Access Week. On view now in the Redpath Library building is a bilingual exhibition created by Microfiches.  The twelve exhibition posters explain key open access concepts. The texts were written by renowned scholarly communications specialists and visually interpreted by an artist.


This evening, October 24, join us at the Schulich Library for a Vernissage for the exhibition and meet members of the creative team behind this project. (Event details)

Exhibition creators 

Marc Larivière is an illustrator, animator and game designer. He co-founded Supersymétrie, a graphic design studio in Montreal.

Olivier Charbonneau is a librarian at Concordia University. He received his doctorate in Law, specializing in copyright. He has been engaging with the library culture and milieu since the last millennium.

Vincent Larivière is a professor at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information de l’Université de Montréal, where he and his team are interested in exploring the modes of research & knowledge dissemination in the digital age.

This exhibition is organized in conjunction with la bibliothèque de l’École de technologie supérieure.