Concordia University Library

Concordia University Library is the library system at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Concordia University has three library locations. The R. Howard Webster Library is located in the J.W. McConnell Building on the Sir George Williams Campus and the Georges P. Vanier Library is located on the Loyola Campus. On September 2, 2014, the Library opened the Grey Nuns Reading Room, a silent study space for Concordia students located in the former Chapel of the Invention of the Holy Cross. The Reading Room has seating for 192 students, with an additional 42 chairs in small reading rooms. A Political Science student was the first to enter.[2]

Concordia University Library
J.W McConnell.jpg
The J.W. McConnell Building houses the R. Howard Webster Library.
TypeAcademic library
LocationMontreal, Quebec
Coordinates45°29′49″N 73°34′42″W / 45.496979°N 73.578384°W / 45.496979; -73.578384Coordinates: 45°29′49″N 73°34′42″W / 45.496979°N 73.578384°W / 45.496979; -73.578384
Size1.5 millilion, 100,000+ journals (2009-2010)
Access and use
Population served47,000 students
2.3 million visits in 2015-16; a 26 % increase over the past 5 years
Other information
BudgetCAD $ 15M (CAD $5.5M in digital resources)(2015-2016)
DirectorDr. Guylaine Beaudry
References: [1]

The Concordia University Library houses several special collections including the Azrieli Holocaust Collection and the Irving Layton Collection.[3] Most Special Collections are located in the Vanier Library. The Library also maintains the university's institutional repository, Spectrum.[4]

The Concordia University Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.[5] Concordia University Library also has partnerships with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and The Data Liberation Initiative.[6]

Since 1990, Concordia University Library has been hosting an annual public holiday auction, held every December, where all proceeds go to over 10 Montreal-based charities. The fundraising event is planned and run wholly by the Library staff, also featuring a potluck lunch.


There are three branches of the Concordia University Library:


  1. ^ "Library Strategic Directions Consultation". Concordia University Libraries. Concordia University. 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  2. ^ Karen McCarthy (2014-09-02). "Grey Nuns Reading Room opens its doors". Retrieved 2015-04-07.
    Concordia Political Science student Jessica Lelièvre was the first student to enter the new Grey Nuns Reading Room. She was welcomed by President Alan Shepard and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon
  3. ^ "Special Collections". 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  4. ^ Canada. "Welcome to Spectrum: Concordia University Research Repository — Spectrum: Concordia University Research Repository". Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  5. ^ "Membership". About CARL. Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). 2011. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Memberships and collaborations".

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