Schulich Library

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The South Facing Entrance of Schulich Library (NOTE: only acts as an emergency exit now).
General Info
Address 809 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C1
Building Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Phone 514-398-4769

The Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering (commonly referred to as Schulich Library or, just simply, Schulich) is the center for scientific information in the downtown campus. Connected with the Frank Dawson Adams Building, it is no stranger to late night cram sessions and friendly groups studies.


Named after the family of Seymour Schulich, he generously donated funds to several schools across Canada, including McGill (which houses this library and the Schulich School of Music in his honour), to help promote education. The library was built in in 1893 where it started out as the MacDonald Physics Building. It was in this building where Ernest Rutherford conducted his Nobel Prize winning research (1908) for his investigation in the disintegration of elements and radioactive substances.


There are 6 floors located in the library, and, on each floor, there are many computers that are free to use whenever you don't have access to a personal computer; just bring you McGill e-mail and password, and you're all set! Individual study areas are available for quiet study, and there is also a dedicated group study spaces for collaborative work located on the fifth floor. And if you're worried about running out of battery, don't worry! Hundreds of electrical outlets can be found on many of the desks located in the library.

Library Services

Along with holding a wide variety of text that are accessible and FREE to all students, the library is also home to Spirit Book Scanners, which are devices that can scan book pages which can be saved onto a USB if you only require certain pages of your desired book and is free of charge! Furthermore, there is a machine that allows you to borrow books without the help of a librarian, so, if one is too busy to help you at any moment, there would be no worries! And while you're studying and want to limit distractions (*cough* *cough* your phone), the library have stations on each floor where you can charge your phone and lock it away during your dedicated studying time. If you find that you're having a hard time finding or using any of these services, there are librarians that are happy to help you with anything you need.