Note: All archival material is housed in locked storage in the John Bassett Memorial Library, and requested fonds are made available via transfer to the Old Library. This includes the University Archives, the Eastern Townships Resource Center Archives and the Quebec Diocesan Archives. To access these records in the Old Library, arrangements must be made in advance, at least 24 hours prior to your visit. It is essential to make contact with the appropriate archivist to ensure the records you need will be available in the Old Library when you arrive. Please go to the main page for contact information.
The Old Library - a quiet place for everyone
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.
Monday to Friday.
9:00 a.m. to noon
1:00 p.m. to 4:30