40,000 sq. ft. facility holding 2.5M items
A significant portion of the Libraryâ€™s collections will be moved off-campus to a dedicated facility. This book move will increase the availableĚýstudy and workspace for the ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą community through the
Books from McLennan-Redpath moving to the Collections Centre in Fall 2023
As of Fall 2023, access to the print collections (books, and other items such as journals, microfilm, microfiche, etc.) from the McLennan-Redpath Library Complex will gradually be restricted to allow materials to be systematically moved and inventoried in the ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą Collections Centre (MUCC).ĚýEach floor/area will remain open until movers are working in that area. During the moving period, access to the floor will be closed. As shelving and books are moved, furniture will be added to open floors to maximize seating. Other Library workspacesĚýon campus and in theĚýMcLennan-Redpath ComplexĚýare available during these intermittent closures.
Books moving to the MUCC will be unavailable until the MUCC opens. As a result, the "Request/ Hold" button for items on the move will not appear in the catalogue. The hold button to borrow from other Quebec libraries (Network Loans) and InterLibrary Loan will remain.
If the "Request/Hold" button does not appear, ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą users (i.e. ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą students, faculty & staff) can continue to borrow books in the following ways:â€ŻĚý
Existing e-book optionâ€ŻĚý
Network loan or InterLibrary Loanâ€Ż from another university library through Sofia (±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą catalogue)
Purchased/acquired (specific cases)â€ŻĚý
Book retrieval via the Library Pickup Service form*â€ŻĚý
For ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą faculty only: Access to stacks during floor closure (by appointment)Ěý
*Book access will depend on the stage of the move at the time of the request.
±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą faculty members, students, and staff are strongly encouraged to borrow and keep all the books they anticipate needing from the McLennan-Redpath library complex as soon as possible â€“ before the next academic year begins in fall 2023.Ěý
Book Move Timeline, Scope of Work, Status & Impact on Users*
|TIMELINE||AFFECTED AREAS||SCOPE OF WORK||STATUS||IMPACT TO USERS|
|Phase one: September 2023 to FebruaryĚý2024Ěý||McLennan-Redpath Library Complex||Books to move from the downtown campus to Collections Centre .||Ěý||Users will have access to books on floors where book move has yet to take place. The retrieval of books will be infrequent & for special cases only on floors where move is in process.Ěý|
|September to OctoberĚý2023||
Closed storage area for books and some materials in ±«ÓăÖ±˛ĄĚýArchives.
|Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.Ěý||Work in progress. No hold button in the catalogue.||Readers planning to use archival materials during the moving period are asked to reserve items ahead of time so that they can be accessible during this phase. More information.Ěý|
|OctoberĚý2023||Basements in McLennan and Redpath Library Complex (except Chinese/Japanese/Korean (CJK) Collection.||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Books have been packed and moved.||Books moved. Floor reopened.|
|November 2023||McLennan 1st floor (except DVD and course reserves)||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Books have been packed and moved.||Books moved. Floor open.|
|November 2023||McLennan 2nd floor (except microfilms)||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Books have been packed and moved.||Books moved. Floor open.|
|November 2023||McLennan 6th floor||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Books being packed and moved. Materials can be requested using this form.||Books being packed and moved. Floor closed.|
|December 2023||McLennan 5th floor||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Hold button beginning to disappear. Materials can be requested using this form.||Floor/areas will remain open until movers are working in that area. During the moving period, access to the floor will be closed.|
|January 2024||McLennan 3rd floor||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Ěý||Floor/areas will remain open until movers are working in that area. During the moving period, access to the floor will be closed.|
|February to April 2024||Redpath 3rd floor (Blackader-Lauterman)||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Ěý||Floor/areas will remain open until movers are working in that area. During the moving period, access to the floor will be closed.|
|February to April 2024||DVDs, Chinese, Japanese, Korean (CJK) Collection||Clearing of stacks. Packing and moving of books.||Ěý||Area will remain open until movers are working in that area. During the moving period, access to the area will be closed.Ěý|
|SummerĚý2024||Newly received materials.||Newly received materials will be shelved in a designated location TBC in McLennan-Redpath Library Complex. They will be moved at the end of Phase One.||Ěý||Area will remain open until movers are working in that area. During the moving period, access to the area will be closed.Ěý|
|Fall 2023 to Winter 2024||McLennan 4th floor (Rare Books and Special Collections, Canadian Architecture Collection, Visual Arts Collection, ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą Archives).||Collection preparation & packing period.Ěý||Ěý||
Reference response times delayed.ĚýThe reading room accessibleĚýby appointment. Email rarebooks.library [at] mcgill.ca to book a time.ĚýAll material must be requested in advance.ĚýMore information.Ěý
|Phase Two: MarchĚýto JuneĚý2024||Ěý||Ěý||Ěý||Ěý|
|March - April 2024||Collections CentreĚý||Collections Centre operational weekdays and serving ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą faculty, students, and staffĚýonly.||Ěý||Books held in the Collections Centre available for loan to members of the ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą community (by request in Sofia catalogue). Daily scanning service available to ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą community.|
McLennan 4th floor (Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), Canadian Architecture Collection, Visual Arts Collection, ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą Archives)Ěý
|Rare books move from the downtown campus to Collections Centre.Ěý||Ěý||
RBSC materials will be inaccessible during the move as of January 2024.ĚýReaders planning to use RBSC materials during the moving period are asked to reserve items ahead of time so that they can be accessible during this phase. More information.Ěý
|Spring 2024||Collections Centre||Collections Centre is operational weekdays and serving all users.Ěý||Ěý||Books held in the Collections Centre are available for loan to all users (through ILL, network loan or by request in Sofia catalogue). Daily scanning service available.Ěý|
|Summer 2024||Collections Centre||Book move complete.Ěý||Ěý||
*Subject to change. Watch this space for updated information.
Frequently Asked Questions | Foire aux questions
What is the ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą Collections Centre? | Quâ€™est-ce que le Centre des collections de lâ€™UniversitĂ© ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą?
Books will always play a vital role in the life of the Library, but it no longer makes sense to devote a large footprint downtown to keeping print media that is not in high demand. At the same time, ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą needs to fulfill its mandate to preserve and make available deep, unusual collections for humanity. To this end, ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą Library created a Collections Centre at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, just off-island. By moving a large portion of the Universityâ€™s print collection to this new facilityâ€”which will be carefully climate-controlled, therefore better preserving the materialsâ€”the Library will be able to repurpose valuable in-library space to better serve the needs of todayâ€™s students, faculty, and researchers.â€Ż
Les livres resteront toujours au cĹ“ur de la mission de la BibliothĂ¨que de ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą. Toutefois, il nâ€™est pas raisonnable aujourdâ€™hui de consacrer une grande superficie sur le campus du centre-ville Ă des ouvrages peu consultĂ©s. ParallĂ¨lement, ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą doit remplir son mandat de prĂ©server des collections riches et rares et de les mettre Ă la disposition du public. Ă€ cette fin, la BibliothĂ¨que a fait construire le Centre des collections Ă Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, tout prĂ¨s de lâ€™Ă®le de MontrĂ©al. Une grande partie des documents imprimĂ©s seront conservĂ©s dans cette nouvelle installation, dont lâ€™atmosphĂ¨re est contrĂ´lĂ©e pour bien les prĂ©server. Les espaces ainsi libĂ©rĂ©s seront rĂ©affectĂ©s pour mieux servir la clientĂ¨le. Ěý
What kind of technology will be used to store and retrieve items? | Comment les livres seront-ils entreposĂ©s et rĂ©cupĂ©rĂ©s?
An intelligent, will be used for efficiency and reduction of long-term energy costs. | Un systĂ¨me assurera lâ€™entreposage de haute densitĂ© et la rĂ©cupĂ©ration des livres tout en rĂ©duisant les coĂ»ts de lâ€™Ă©nergie Ă long terme.
How many books will fit into the Collections Centre? | Combien de livres le Centre des collections pourra-t-il contenir?
The automated equipment in the Collections Centre has room for 2.5 million books.â€Ż In addition, there will be shelving for other types of material in the Libraryâ€™s collection. | GrĂ˘ce Ă son Ă©quipement ˛ąłÜłŮ´Çłľ˛ąłŮľ±˛őĂ©, le Centre des collections pourra accueillir 2,5 millions de livres. Il y aura aussi de la place pour dâ€™autres types de documents des collections de la BibliothĂ¨que.
When will you be moving books from the McLennan-Redpath library complex to the Collections Centre? | Quand aura lieu le dĂ©mĂ©nagement des livres du complexe McLennan-Redpath vers le Centre des collections?
The Collections Centre has been built. The book move will begin in fall of 2023. Library systems will keep track of items during the move and will manage loans thereafter.ĚýAs of Fall 2023, access to the print collections from the McLennan- Redpath library complex will gradually be restricted to allow materials to be systematically moved and inventoried in the Collection Centre.
La construction du Centre des collections est maintenant achevĂ©e, et le transfert des documents imprimĂ©s debutera Ă lâ€™automne 2023. Sofia, le catalogue de la BibliothĂ¨que, sera mis Ă jour et gĂ©rera les prĂŞts par la suite. Ă€ partir de lâ€™automne 2023, les collections de livres du complexe McLennan-Redpath seront progressivement et systĂ©matiquement dĂ©mĂ©nagĂ©es et rĂ©pertoriĂ©es dans le Centre des collections.
When will the Collections Centre be fully operational? | Quand le Centre des collections sera-t-il complĂ¨tement opĂ©rationnel?
The Collections Centre is expected to be operational in spring 2024. At that time, ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą faculty, students, and staff members will be able to borrow all the print books that were transferred by making a request in the Libraryâ€™s catalogue, Sofia. | Le Centre des collections devrait ĂŞtre opĂ©rationnel au printemps 2024. Il sera alors possible dâ€™y emprunter des documents imprimĂ©s en faisant la demande dans le catalogue de la BibliothĂ¨que (Sofia).â€ŻĚý
How can I get books once the Collections Centre is operational? | Comment pourrai-je emprunter des livres du Centre des collections?
Once in operation, library users will be able to request stored materials through the Library catalogue, Sofia, and the materials will be delivered to the library of your choice for pick up on a daily basis. The Faculty Office Delivery option will be available. The Collections Centre itself will not be open to users. | Lorsque le Centre des collections sera opĂ©rationnel, il sera possible dâ€™y emprunter des documents Ă lâ€™aide du catalogue Sofia, en prĂ©cisant la bibliothĂ¨que oĂą ceux-ci doivent ĂŞtre dĂ©posĂ©s. Le Centre effectuera des livraisons quotidiennes. Les professeur.e.s pourront se prĂ©valoir du service de livraison Ă leur bureau. Le Centre des collections sera fermĂ© au public.â€ŻĚý
I am a scholar from another university who uses the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) and network loans systems. Can I access a book from ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą's collection during the book move period? | Je suis dâ€™une autre universitĂ© et jâ€™utilise les services de prĂŞt entre bibliothĂ¨ques (PEB) et de prĂŞt rĂ©seau. Pourrai-je emprunter des livres de la collection de ±«ÓăÖ±˛Ą durant la pĂ©riode de transfert?
Books are available for loan if the â€śRequest/Hold or Scanâ€ť button is an access option in the catalogue. If the â€śRequest/Hold or Scanâ€ť button no longer appears as an access option, then the book is in transit and cannot be loaned out. Books are scheduled to become fully available through ILL and network loans systems in spring 2024.â€Ż| Les livres disponibles pour le prĂŞt seront signalĂ©s dans le catalogue par un bouton de Â« demande/rĂ©servation ou numĂ©risation Â». Si ce bouton nâ€™apparaĂ®t pas dans les options, câ€™est que le livre est en transfert, donc indisponible pour le prĂŞt. Tous les livres devraient redevenir disponibles pour le PEB et le prĂŞt rĂ©seau au printemps 2024. Ěý
What initiatives related to sustainability is the Collections Centre undertaking? | Quelles initiatives dâ€™Ă©coresponsabilitĂ© ont Ă©tĂ© entreprises pour le Centre des collections?
1) LEED Certified Facility: The building is energy efficient; its exterior grounds are low maintenance. It has two charging stations for electric vehicles. 2) High density storage reduces the carbon footprint of the warehouse building by 75%. 3) Energy efficient robots: Running robots for a 24 hour shift uses less energy than running a vaccum for thirty minutes. 4) A sustainable move: Moving contract awarded to supplier who could provide a maximum in fuel efficiency and a minimum waste of packaging to move 2.5M volumes. 5) Efficient book delivery: Digital versions of requested materials will be offered to users. Delivery physical materials will be electric.â€ŻĚý
1) La certification LEED : le bĂ˘timent est Ă©coĂ©nergĂ©tique et situĂ© sur un terrain demandant peu dâ€™entretien. Il compte deux bornes de recharge pour vĂ©hicules Ă©lectriques. 2) Le systĂ¨me dâ€™entreposage de haute densitĂ© : celui-ci rĂ©duit de 75 % le bilan carbone du bĂ˘timent. 3) Des robots Ă©coĂ©nergĂ©tiques : lâ€™utilisation de robots pendant 24 heures consomme moins dâ€™Ă©nergie quâ€™un aspirateur qui fonctionne pendant une demi-heure. 4) Un dĂ©mĂ©nagement Ă©coresponsable : le contrat de services de dĂ©mĂ©nagement a Ă©tĂ© attribuĂ© au fournisseur qui pouvait offrir la plus grande Ă©conomie dâ€™Ă©nergie tout en produisant un minimum de dĂ©chets dâ€™emballage pour transporter 2,5 millions de volumes. 5) Des livraisons efficaces : des versions numĂ©riques des documents seront mises Ă la disposition des usagĂ¨res et usagers. Les livraisons quotidiennes de documents se feront par vĂ©hicule Ă©lectrique.