signature_red with MEDICINE_horiz_eng_outlinedLast spring, consultations were conducted by our Faculty and McGill Library Services on the future of the Life Sciences Library. Students, residents, faculty and staff from our health sciences community were invited to provide initial input on how the Life Sciences Library space could be reconfigured based on current and future needs.

During the initial consultations, and through formal written submissions and emails, many expressed the need for more space for study, learning and research, among other things. The full report, recommendations and frequently asked questions about space, librarian support and the transfer of non-reserve print materials were made available at that time and remain accessible at:

Next steps: Ongoing Consultation for Library Redesign

Based on the initial input received, we are now moving forward to prepare a preliminary redesign of the Life Sciences Library, which is now under the jurisdiction and care of the Faculty of Medicine. Our work is beginning in parallel with the McIntyre heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) project, which we hope will help consolidate timelines and reduce overall disruption to this space.

As we begin this phase, we encourage you to continue sharing your ideas via two channels:

·        Stopping by the Life Sciences Library Redesign Whiteboard, available on the 3rd floor, and jotting down your recommendations, or

·        Sending us an email at:

We look forward to providing updates on our dedicated web page as the redesign takes shape over the coming months:

Life Sciences Library Services

As communicated in the spring, Life Sciences Library services available to you are as follows:

·        Full support provided 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, by a dedicated Library Assistant with support from the Schulich Library team, led by newly appointed Head Librarian Sara Holder:

o   Reserve collection remains on-site,

o   Queries answered,

o   Pick-up and drop-off location for books from other branches, and

o   Continued focus on integrating digital material into Learning Management Systems.

·        Librarians onsite from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday:

o   Consultation / reference support scheduled,

o   Full service from Schulich Library provided as well, and

o   Liaison librarians provide workshops, are embedded in classroom, provide online chat support and can be booked for consultations “on demand.”

Osler Library:

·        Business as usual Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: HVAC work will ensue in the Osler Library in spring 2014, the details of which will be confirmed in a timely manner.  

Study and Other Space During HVAC Work

With the transfer of non-reserve print material now completed, and HVAC work beginning, the following study and other space will remain available to you in the McIntyre, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through to the  end of February 2014, at which time we will provide an update based on the construction schedule:

·        2nd floor Cybermed space,

·        To mid-November, 3rd floor study space, as well as room 409 on the 4th floor for class and/or exam needs,

·        Mid-November to end-February, 4th floor space, as well as room 409 (for class and/or exam needs), and in the Osler Library, and

·        Study desks located on the 6th floor of the McIntyre.

The Schulich Library and the Humanities and Social Sciences Library will also be open 24/5 from October 5 to November 30, and 24/7 from December 1 to 18. For a full listing of branch hours please visit:


We would like to highlight that while the HVAC contractors will be insulating the work zone in the McIntyre, we expect that there will be noise, and we apologize in advance for the inconvenience. The HVAC project is essential to replace the current installation on floors 1 through 6, which has surpassed its life span, and we look forward to a new, more efficient system to support our redesigned Life Sciences Library.

·        For more information about the McGill Library services and collection relocation, visit:

·        For questions specific to library services in McIntyre, please feel free to contact or

·        Should you have questions about the space redesign project or available space during the HVAC project, please do not hesitate to email us at

Communications Office



 October 11, 2013