Canada Reads 2023 at McGill

The 2023 list of Canada Reads finalists are out and we can’t wait to get our hands on these books. If you feel the same, check out the list below. Five of the titles will be championed by Canadian media personalities in a series of rounds to determine which of these books can truly change the way we see and interact with the world. More information about Canada Reads can be found on their website.

Books not immediately available can be requested via InterLibrary Loan in print format.

Impactful Reads: What is McGill Reading?

It’s that time of the semester again, Add/Drop’s just ended, and the assignments are already piling up in the calendar feature on MyCourses. So we’re all a little rushed, a little tired and a lot cold (it’s freezing outside!).

Alas, we’re afraid there’s not much we can do to decrease your workload or increase the temperature, but we’re hoping this little treat just might help boost your mood!

So for all those long metro and shuttle rides, the breaks between classes, or those few days you’ve accidentally slept in during a morning conference, here are some inspiring titles being read by your fellow students (courtesy of this r/mcgill Reddit™ thread):



To access the titles you wish to read, simply click on the relevant book cover and you’ll be taken directly to the library catalogue, so you can check out the book.

InterLibrary Loan


Do any titles catch your eye that aren’t in our collection? Worry not, because McGill students and faculty are allowed to borrow books or articles located in other Quebec university libraries and beyond through the InterLibrary Loan Service (ILL). The ILL is integrated into the Library catalogue and can help you access titles that aren’t available in our collection by searching libraries worldwide. Simply select “Libraries Worldwide” on the panel to the left which lists all the options to help you filter your search. For more information on how to use the ILL system, follow up on our services page here:

With such progressions, the bookkeeping world is getting smaller and flatter and we can’t say we mind it even a tiny bit!

Libby: The Overdrive App


Are you someone who prefers listening to books rather than reading? Perhaps you like staring out of the shuttle window as you see the snowy trees zoom past, pretending you’re in the middle of an adventure, a tragic love story or an intense breakdown of the stock market. Well, we’ve got a little something for you as well.

Check out our blog on Libby: The Overdrive App and discover our collection of audiobooks and ebooks directly from your phones/tablets! Along with an amazing user-friendly interface, the app keeps all your favourite titles a swipe away, making it the perfect personal library for students.

If you have any questions or general queries you may reach us at

Well, that’s all for now, folks,

Happy Reading!

Unboxing: HSSL’s Board Game Collection

Looking for a much-needed cozy night in with friends, but you’re all out of Netflix streaming options? Then this is the perfect time to reignite your competitive spirits; it’s time for a board game night! Beware though; these are known to break friendships, and bones too *gasp*. 

But what if I don’t have many board games, or what if they’re missing pieces? You may ask. If only there were someplace you could go to borrow these games…

The McGill Library has its very own collection of board games and they’re available for loan to all students! 

It’s very easy to search for them too. Simply log into your McGill Library account using your credentials and narrow your search results by selecting ‘Game’ under the Format tab on the left of the webpage. 

Listed here are some of our many titles to get you browsing:

All these games are available for two-week loans at the service desk in the McLennan-Redpath Library Building. Just bring the call number to a staff member, and they shall collect it for you.

We only request that you handle these with care so that more students can enjoy them in the future!