Open Access Statement for McGill University Library

McGill Librarians and Archivists are proud to announce the Open Access Statement for McGill University Library. The timing could not be better as libraries all over the world have closed their doors and stopped circulating their print materials in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. These closures have highlighted the need for open and online scholarly resources, now and in the future. That said, free and equitable access to publicly-funded research has always been key to building a healthy and fair society.

What are the benefits of publishing in an open access venue?

– Increased visibility, usage, and impact of your research
– More efficient dissemination compared with traditional publishing models
– Retention of some or all of your copyrights
– Contribution to societal good by providing scholarly content to a global audience
– Rigour of traditional peer-review before publication
– Ongoing feedback through social media

If you want to learn more about how McGill Librarians and Archivists have framed their commitment to open access publishing, please read the full statement here:

Feel free to contact the Library with any questions or comments about this statement:

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Why not study on a bike? New bicycle desks in Redpath

Now that spring is here and the roads are cycle ready, our thoughts turn to long bike rides in the sunshine! 

Now you can do that while studying, on the new bicycle desks just installed in the Redpath Library.

A pilot project brought to students by Exercise is Medicine (EIMC@McGill).  Jointly founded in early 2014, by McGill Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Kinesiology students, this group is reaching out with events and initiatives on campus focusing on student wellness and activity, helping to make exercise a key part of the McGill education and experience.

The group has raised money for two FitDesks and you are now able to try them out in the Library, as you finish off coursework and study this term. Be sure to take a few moments to offer your feedback on the FitDesks!

Virtual Reality and 3D Printing services in Full Swing at McLennan-Redpath

Access to some of the newest and most innovative technology is now within reach for all McGill students and faculty with the re-opening of the McGill Research Commons 3D printing lab and VR space. Equipped with 3D printers, an HTC vive, and an Oculus Rift development kit, McGillians will be able to explore and experiment with the digital world in not just two but three dimensions – all for free – with this cutting-edge service.

After undergoing a brief training session which can be booked here, students and faculty will be able to book time on the 3D printers to use for projects, course work, or simply to experiment. For those less experienced with such technology but who still want to dive in, student staff will be available for assistance weekdays from 12:30 – 5:00PM. Use of the virtual reality equipment does not require a training session, but note that it can be booked only during student hours. Equipment can be booked using the library’s booking system, found here.

Please send us an email with any inquiries you may have!