Continuity & Change:

175 Years of the McGill Health Sciences Library

library has many roles: a place of study, an access point to information and a repository of knowledge, the library is also a shrine which houses the tools of the past and the keys to the future. In medicine, furthermore, the requirement that the most recent information should be available immediately means that medical libraries have been in the forefront of library technology. Certainly, at McGill, this is the case.

The words continuity and change therefore, best link the past, the present and the future of the McGill University Health Sciences Library. Another thread, which runs throughout the Library's existence, is the very close relationship between the Library's collection and the medical staff. This began in 1823 with those who founded and personally ran both the Faculty and Library.

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