Where will you study? Winter 2021 Virtual Study Halls

In a study funk? We get it.

It can be hard to work from home, manage your time well, and feel supported in your academics during these unprecedented times. If you are searching for a new way to connect with students in a safe and productive environment, look no further! The McGill library is offering weekly virtual study halls at varying times so that no matter where you are checking in from, you’ll feel like you’re back at McGill with other students. Each hall has a unique theme, offering different environments or music every week! 

Check out the study halls offered this semester below:


Time Capsule – Every Monday from 8am-10am EST.

time capsule study hall every monday 8-10am EST

Exhausted from this timeline? Don’t you wish we could just travel to a different era? Stop dreaming about the past and ZOOM there! Time Capsule serves as a virtual study hall for history buffs, travel aficionados, and everyone in between!

Each week we will feature different museums, iconic moments in time and space, and beautiful images from the past. The main working atmosphere will be quiet music that truly transports you to the weekly theme, however breakout rooms will be created for silent and group spaces as needed. Use Time Capsule’s fun atmosphere to inspire productivity, while enjoying the presence of other students. 

Register here.

 

Virtual Study Hall – Every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm EST.

quiet study virtual study hall every Wednesday 4-6PM EST

Missing the McLennan and Redpath Library Buildings? Need some time to work on that upcoming paper? Perhaps you’re trying to catch-up on class readings? The McGill Library Virtual Study Halls are a great way to schedule time in your day to get work done. You can let us know what you’re working on or what you’d like to accomplish during the session and we will help motivate you to get it done. 

Join us for a combination of silent and group study rooms that you will make you feel like you right sitting right back in the library!

Register here.

Accountability Café – Every Thursday from 7pm-9pm EST.

poster with cafe and green bubbles to display the cafe

Missing those days when you could study in one of Montreal’s cafés for a change of scenery? If the answer is yes, this virtual study hall is for you! Though a lot of us can’t head down to our favourite coffee spot and park ourselves in the corner, we can work together in a safe and relaxing (virtual) space while holding each other accountable  to actually write that essay!

Each week will include a café playlist and accountability check-in to make sure you get done what you really need to. Show up with your favourite mug full of a warm drink and be productive with us every Thursday. See you there!

Register here.

From a student’s perspective, it can be hard to motivate yourself when you’re outside of the normal learning environment. Since many students are studying at McGill from afar, the goal of these study halls is to bring us all a little bit closer – even if it’s just for a few hours. If you have any questions please feel free to email hssl.library@mcgill.ca.

Collection Management Facility – Lists for review

As part of the Fiat Lux project, the McGill Library will be transferring a significant portion of the print collection in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library to a new storage facility. Space for 500,000 items will be available when the new library is completed, with the rest held remotely and available by request within a delay of 24 hours.

In order to ensure that both recent and highly used materials remain physically on campus, the library has produced a list of items that meet either of the following criteria:

  • Books published within the last 10 years
  • Books borrowed within the last 5 years

This list will serve as a first draft as we work towards the final list of material to remain on campus. Circulation history is the most reliable indicator that an item will be used again, therefore users would benefit overall from previously borrowed material staying on campus.

We understand that recency and loan history alone may not identify material that some of our users rely on in ways that placement in storage would negatively affect. Therefore, we are seeking input from faculty and students in order to identify any material that does not meet the above criteria, but which nevertheless would be beneficial to remain on campus for practical research or teaching needs.

To view the lists, and to make any requests for individual items to stay on campus, please visit the web page dedicated to the project.

This exercise will continue through the Winter 2021 semester, with the final lists compiled at the end of May.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Puzzle Me This…

The Puzzle Station on the Redpath Bridge recently found a new home! The ever-popular puzzle has been moved just down the hall on the Redpath main floor. You will now find the table location around the corner from the stairs, close to our group study rooms, piano station, and the exercise bike. This new location will allow for both individual puzzle use and collaborative use.

We would like to remind library users, that during this time of the year infections and bacteria can spread quite quickly. Remember to wash your hands frequently or use anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with a high alcohol content.

Thank you to the AUS for funding the Puzzle Station!

In addition to moving the Puzzle Station, we are now providing an additional table for McGill student groups and departments to promote their activities. Groups looking to book the table must fill out the request form online and consult our updated policies. Requests will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

You can also check the tabling calendar in advance to see what times are available.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at hssl.library@mcgill.ca