The Library maintains several special collections. In many cases, these materials must be used in the Library only. Please inquire at the Reference Desk as to whether other arrangements are possible. Check the online catalogue, BORIS, for the specific locations of all Library materials.

A. Periodicals

The Library subscribes to approximately 19,550 print and on-line journals.  Periodicals are listed in BORIS, the online catalogue. Current issues of periodicals and newspapers can be found in the Periodicals Room on the main floor. Bound issues of most titles, can be found on the basement level. For assistance with locating titles and issues, please see the staff at the desk in the Periodicals Room. As of the summer of 2005, the Periodicals Room has a new look, creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for users to browse or study the journals, newspapers or magazines we have available. We ask that patrons respect their fellow users and maintain the quiet, collegial atmosphere of the room.

B. Government Documents

Located on the Main Floor, to the right of the Main Lobby in the new section of the Library, the Government Documents collection consists of a wide variety of publications distributed by the Federal government as well as by various provincial governments, particularly the Province of Québec. There are descriptive and/or statistical studies and reports covering energy, ecology, economics, wildlife, history, science, consumerism, transportation, and other topics. Federal government and some provincial statutes and debates, bills presented to both federal and provincial houses for consideration, the Canada Gazette and Journals are all located in Government Documents. Royal Commissions are in the General Collection.

To improve access to Government Documents, the collection has been entered in the online catalogue, BORIS. Some Government Documents are in the General Collection, some are in the Government Documents area, and some are in Compact Storage. Please enquire at the Government Documents office for complete information on the collection.

C. Music/Listening Room

The Music /Listening Room is located on the Main Floor to the right of the Main Lobby.  All critical and reference books, as well as sound recordings, scores and music videos listed in the Library’s online catalogue are found in this area.  Compact discs, cassettes and music videos may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk.

D. Videos and DVDs

The Library maintains a collection of videos on various topics. All videos (except music located in the music room) including DVDs can be found in the basement, near the bottom of the main staircase. Materials in these formats can be found by searching the online catalogue, BORIS, by subject or title and limiting the search results to the format ‘videos’. They may be borrowed for the regular two week loan period.

To the left of the video collection you will find:

  • DVD and VHS players in the Language Lab.
  • a region-free/Blu-Ray DVD player in the cubicle.

See the Circulation Desk for the remotes.

E. Microforms

A collection of microform materials, primarily microfilm and microfiche, can be found in the Library’s basement. These consist mainly of newspapers and periodicals, but include some theses and monographs as well. Some microforms pertaining to the Eastern Townships are kept in the Old Library in the McGreer building.

F. Map Collection

The Library’s collection of approximately 16,000 maps, atlases and gazetteers is located in the Map Room in the basement. The collection covers a wide variety of geographical areas and topics, with special emphasis on topographic maps of Canada and Quebec at various scales. While atlases and gazetteers can be found through the online catalogue, maps can not. In order to help you find the maps you need, two printed indexes are available, one arranged by region, and one arranged by subject. Copies of these map collection indexes are kept in the Map Room and at the Reference Desk.

G. Eastern Townships Collection

The Library includes amongst its holdings a substantial collection of materials relating to the history, development, culture and society of the Eastern Townships. These materials are housed in the Old Library in McGreer, and may be consulted there, but do not circulate. For more information, see the Old Library web page.

H. Media-Assisted Language Learning Centre

The Media-Assisted Language Learning Centre is now located in the basement area of the Library.  The Centre includes a computer lab with eight workstations for special language learning software as well as private cubicles for oral practice. There are viewing stations for videos and DVDs.

I. Special Collections

The Library houses a number of special collections in such fields as religion, history and literature. These include the Hon. C. Gordon McKinnon Collection of Canadiana, the Bélanger-Gardner Collection of books on civilization and the arts, Bishop’s University student theses, books from the Library of Bishop Charles James Stewart, second Anglican Bishop of Québec, books from the Lloyd Library of Divinity House, the Québec Clerical Library, archives of the Québec Diocese of the Anglican Church, early records and archives of the University, and the Library’s collection of rare or pre-1900 books. Please contact the University Archivist at ext. 2609 for further information.