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!

Sensory Friendly Spaces @ HSSL

Sometimes you need a particular environment to feel comfortable and get into the zone. The following is a list of some areas where we Natural Light, Quiet Floors, and Uncrowded Spaces. Make sure to check out the Floor Plans page to get more information on what is available to you, including printer locations, charging stations, and more.

Natural Light

Redpath Library Building

📍3459 Mc Tavish St

The Redpath Library Building has tons of great window seats for natural lighting. The Blackader-Lauterman Collection is hosted on the third floor and this area also provides tons of great study spots. Redpath Floor 1 and 2 are known for their oversized windows and open-concept study spaces, creating a chill environment for your work. 

Standing Desk Windows

📍3459 McTavish Street, 6th floor

Located on the different corners of the 5th and 6th Floor of McLennan Library Building, these standing desks are usually accompanied by spectacular views and natural lighting. Pictured are two of the desks on the 5th floor. It’s also great that you can adjust the table to your comfort and that you’re turned away from others. 

Quiet Spaces

McLennan Sixth Floor

📍3459 McTavish Street, 6th floor

By far the quietest place on our list with the biggest capacity, McLennan Sixth Floor is known for its colour-coded workspaces and extremely motivating environment. Whether you’re looking to face outside onto the lower field, inwards into the library interior (through big glass panels providing tons of natural lighting), or sitting on comfy armchairs in the middle of bookshelves, this is your place! 

Lighting: Natural + Artificial (white) lighting 

Food/Drinks: Not allowed 

Noise level: the quietest you can get! 

Birks Reading Room

📍3520 Rue University, 2nd floor

Shhh! This is the perfect place for the old library vibes. Upon entering, you have to take your shoes off which adds to the comfortable and cosy vibes. They take the silence rule very seriously here, so cellphones off, no food, and not even a peep.

Tranquility (Zen) Room

📍3459 McTavish Street, 6th floor

Reopened after the pandemic, this spot is a quiet oasis located on the 6th floor of Mclennan. For the purpose of getting away from the hustle and bustle of being a student and working, this space is designed to give you a space to go inward. This silent space also permits no food and asks to not open electronics such as laptops and cellphones inside; to keep it a sanctuary away from the noise.

Uncrowded Spaces

ROAAr Reading Room

📍3459 McTavish Street, 4th floor

Apart from being an uncrowded study space, the ROAAr Reading Room provides a quiet and beautiful environment to work in. The room has warm artificial lighting and table workspaces. Permission may be required to access space and materials.

Disclaimer, HSSL is not responsible for any delayed work caused due to distraction because of beautiful artwork. Proceed at your own risk!

Quiet Pods

📍3459 McTavish Street, Main floor (Lobby+Innovation Commons Room B) 

Sponsored by student associations, quiet pods are the perfect space for an individual, quiet study session. The pods are soundproof. They have power in their shelves, and a light and fan for circulation that turns on as soon as the pod is occupied. If you prefer uncrowded spaces while working, then you may use the pods located in Innovation Commons Room B, which is a relatively less busy area than the main lobby. 

Education Curriculum Resources Centre

📍3700 McTavish Street, 1st Floor 

Located in the main Education building, the Centre is open 9-5 from Monday-Friday. Relatively unbusy, it is important to note that the Centre has limited capacity and is adjacent to a more crowded student study space.

In response to the growing need from students regarding the lack of available seating, the Library joined forces with a student-founded organization to develop Waitz: the anonymous space use app.

Using completely anonymous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi usage sensors in main library study locations, Waitz is able to estimate the number of people in a seating area with around 95% accuracy. Along with finding the perfect seat, Waitz is your answer when it comes to finding an uncrowded spot when you’re desperately in need of some time alone.

To use this new and exciting tool, simply download the Waitz app, or visit:

www.mcgill.ca/library/branches/hssl/spaces/find-space to access real-time occupancy rates.  

We hope this page is helpful in finding a space in the Humanities and Social Science Library for you. If you have any feedback or questions email hssl.library@mcgill.ca

Sci-Fi Break from Midterms

It is time to break up your readings with some sci-fi. I may be a couple years behind, but I finally got around to finishing Love, Death & Robots on Netflix. The bite-sized episodes are so well-produced leaving you wanting more, and provide the perfect escape from midterms. If you’d like to have a similar experience and lean into spooky futures, this book list is sure to broaden your imaginations. 

You can find all of this and more on the McGill Library website.

Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

Bloodchild and Other Stories is renowned author Octavia E. Butler’s only collection of shorter work and features the Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories “Bloodchild” and “Speech Sounds.” These works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. Butler proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature’s strongest voices.”–Publisher’s description.

The Machine Stops and Other Stories by E.M. Forster 

The collection provides a fascinating glimpse into Forster’s abiding interest in paganism and mythology, the mysteries of nature and the possibilities of magical transformation. Here too are fantasies of the afterlife … an ambitious experiment in science-fiction … [and] a realistic study of self-delusion and compromise.”–Jacket.

A Martian Odyssey : & other classic science fiction stories by Stanley G. Weinbaum

‘A Martian Odyssey’ is a profoundly influential story notable for its touching alien human friendship and fascinating descriptions of unusual aliens.  In the 21st century mankind has landed on Mars via atomic powered spaceships.–sciencefictionruminations.com

Just like being there : a collection of science fiction short stories by Eric Choi

This is the first collection of science fiction stories by award-winning author and aerospace engineer Eric Choi spanning his 25 year writing career. The stories are “hard” science fiction in which some element of engineering or science is so central there would be no story if that element were removed. Story topics include space exploration, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cryptography, quantum computing, online privacy, mathematics (statistics), neuroscience, psychology, space medicine, extra-terrestrial intelligence, undersea exploration, commercial aviation, and the history of science. A special feature of the book is that each story is followed by an “Afterword” that explains the underlying engineering or science. This collection will entertain and inform all aficionados of science and science fiction.

Octavia’s brood : science fiction stories from social justice movements edited by Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown

“Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought twenty of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The visionary tales of Octavia’s Brood span genres–sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism–but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be. The collection is rounded off with essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a preface by Sheree Renee Thomas.”–Amazon.com.

Land/space : an anthology of prairie speculative fiction edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Judy Berkyne McCrosky.

See the prairies in a whole new light, in this groundbreaking anthology of speculative fiction and poetry, exploring the prairie and the space above it, expressing prairie themes, visions, reality – and unreality! Land/Space includes short fiction by Alexandra Merry Arrvin, John Baillie, Martha Bayless, Ven Begamudre, Renee Bennett, Steven Michael Berzensky (a.k.a Mick Burrs) Donna Bowman, Tobias Buckell, Ron Collins, Alyx Dellamonica, Candas Jane Dorsey, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Geoff Hart, James A. Hartley, Mark Anthony Jarman, Darren K. Latta, David Levine, Sophie Masson, Judy McCrosky, Derryl Murphy, Carole Nomrahas, Holly Phillips, Ursula Pflug, with concluding essays by the editors.

Catch Minitales : Short Science Fiction stories with a sting!. by Steve Bowkett

This book is part of an educational package called StoryMaker Catch Pack, which uses fiction as a resource for learning. What does Peeta do when aliens invade his planet? Why does Kane watch the skies every night of his life? How does Hector F. Payne save the world? Where can you find robots, giant rats, alien invaders, supercomputers … Catch Minitales – the Science Fiction Collection Here are 26 very short stories to fill you with wonder and excitement. Do you dare to journey through time and space?

If you have any questions about how to access these books or others let us know at hssl.library@mcgill.ca.