New Quiet Pods: Thanks PGSS!

Filling a need, once again, thanks to funding from the PGSS Library Improvement Fund, the Humanities and Social Sciences Library has just received two new “Quiet Pods”.

Students in search of a silent room to hold a private telephone call, web conference or job interview have two new spaces to try in HSSL.

The pods are soundproof. They have power in their shelf, and a light and fan for circulation that turns on as soon as the pod is occupied.

 

The pods were designed and built by Framery, an award-winning office design firm in Finland. The Framery O pod is constructed with sustainably sourced materials. The pods are echo-free and provide a comfortable working environment for one, that includes access to McGill’s wireless network.

Located on the main floor (M1) of the McLennan Library building, adjacent the Recently received – newspapers and journals shelves, the pods are currently available without a booking. Be sure to send us your feedback, once you have tried one.

Borrow Light Therapy Lamps from the Library

Did you know that the Humanities and Social Sciences Library lends light therapy lamps?

Sunlight is an essential ingredient for a healthy lifestyle, but many of us don’t get the amount of daylight we need to experience its benefits. Light therapy lamps mimic sunlight and may help enhance your overall sense of well-being if used correctly over time.

 

 

Thanks to the support of the AUS Library Partnership Committee, ten lamps are available on a first come, first served basis to current McGill students, faculty and staff. Lamps can be borrowed for a period of two weeks at no cost.

To check the availability of our Verilux happy lights, consult their record in the  Library’s WorldCat Discovery or call the front desk at (514) 398-4734.

Laptop Kiosk = Laptop Lending – Thanks AUS!

A newly installed Laptop Kiosk is awaiting returning students this week in the McLennan-Redpath Library building lobby. A new service made possible by the AUS Undergraduate Improvement FundThe dispenser contains 12 laptops, available for loan to current students, faculty and staff for a period of one day.

Borrow a laptop today and it will be due by midnight of the next day.

The kiosk’s HP laptops have the following software loaded:

Windows 10

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Adobe Digital Editions

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Skype (the consumer version)

Zoom

Microsoft Office is not installed. Users just need to log into McGill’s Office 365 service to use Office apps.

Check in or return a laptop directly back into the kiosk. Be sure to plug in the power cable, so the laptop will recharge for the next user. The kiosk will not loan a laptop until its battery is 90% charged or more.

We hope this new service is easy to use. Send us your comments!

 

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Laptop Kiosk terms of use (the fine print):

  • Laptops borrowed from the kiosk are due the next day at midnight.
  • Overdue fines accrue at a rate of $0.02 per minute
  • Laptops overdue longer than one day will be considered “lost” and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of $350 plus a processing fee of $50.
  • Broken equipment will also be subject to the same replacement and processing fees.
  • Charging cables are not included.
  • Borrowers agree to abide by all relevant Library policies.

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