Originally added to McGreer Hall in 1909 to serve as the University Library, this wing was converted into office space during the 1970's when McGreer was occupied by Champlain Regional College. After Champlain moved into it's own building in 1993, work on restoring the library wing was completed in time for the Sesquicentennial celebrations in 1993-1994, which culminated in a sherry reception for the Governor-General. The room regained its original name, the Old Library.
The Old Library serves as the consultation room for the University Archives and the Archives Service of the Eastern Townships Resource Centre, the special collection of books pertaining to the history of the Eastern Townships, Canada, and special volumes concerning Bishop's University. Used year-round by faculty, students and the local community, the room is especially popular during the summer months when people from across Canada and the U.S. come to do family research (genealogy).
The room is also used throughout the academic year for lectures, workshops and other special academic events. The room may also be used simply as a study hall - a quiet place for everyone.
Please note that archival material must be requested at least 24 hours prior to your visit to allow for transfer of requested documents from storage to the Old Library. Requests may be made by email or by telephone.
Hours and Reference Services
The Old Library, located on the second floor of McGreer Hall, is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:30.
Catalogued material may be transferred to the Circulation Desk of the Main Library for consultation in the evening or on week-ends. Identification is required.
Staff is available to respond to all research inquiries made in person, by telephone, or by mail.
Reserving the Old Library Arrangements to book the Old Library for a university-related event (ex.: lectures, workshops, seminars, etc...) may be made with the archivist via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone ext. 2609 or in person. These events should be held outside the regular opening hours of the Old Library, ie. after 4:30 or on the weekend. For information and procedures on booking the Old Library, please click here: Reserving the Old Library