The time has come. We are quickly approaching two weeks of torture, otherwise known as the exam period. McGill libraries have turned into a battlefield. One must possess a take-no-prisoners attitude, saving seats for friends and providing coffee in exchange for laptop thief lookouts. We shame the snifflers, shush the phone callers and stumble upon at least three cryers a day. Luckily, Her Campus McGill is here to provide you with some pros and cons of popular McGill libraries, and a few surrounding cafes. Who knows, maybe the right location will turn you into one of those people who leave inspirational notes all over the place. Or not.
Humanities & Social Sciences Library (McLennan-Redpath)
Amenities include coffee and bagels
Probably the best luck you’ll have finding a spot due to sheer desk space
This is where the puppies are usually brought for student de-stress!
Open 24 hours during exams
You’re going to be in close proximity to a large number of people, so if you can’t stand those people that take off their shoes, stay away
You’ll run into someone you know, guaranteed (whether or not this is a con is dependent upon many factors, one of which being: are they your ex?)
Nahum Gelber Law Library
Conducive to staying focused as you’re usually surrounded by older law students
That being said, usually a lower Facebook to actual open book ratio, if other students’ screens distract you
Beautiful, lots of sunlight
Has a cafeteria
Close to Second Cup (located in Stewart Biology)
Open 24 hours during exams
A bit more of a trek from campus
Not near any restaurants
No eating rule pretty strictly enforced
Marvin Duchow Music Library
Potentially really awesome study breaks, as the record collection is extensive
Very bright, huge windows
Closest to Starbucks
Less actual study space, you have to arrive pretty early to grab a spot
Closest to Starbucks…
Schulich Library of Science & Engineering
Closest to Tim Hortons
More private desk space, as many desks face walls
24 hour access during exams
Is that construction driving anyone else crazy? Are they building a library on top of this library?
Birks Reading Room:
You get to take your shoes off!
Other people have to take their shoes off!
Not the most comfortable seating
Extremely limited hours
Islamic Studies Library
Beautiful architecture, if thats of importance to you
Can be considered a little too quiet if you like to sneak in a snack or whisper with friends
Not a ton of seating
Really limited hours
If you require a little human interaction and noise to get through the ordeal, here is a list of a few surrounding cafes:
Chai Tea Lounge
Most who hang out here are studying so it’s not too loud
On the expensive side
Really, really busy during exams so you have to get there early for a seat
Cafe Bistro El Mundo
Food! Wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, etc.
Same owner as Chai Tea Lounge, just as student-friendly
Also gets very busy, early arrival is necessary to grab said comfortable booth
Music can get loud
Typically also non-students eating, so noise levels are higher
Right next to campus
They sometimes hand out free leftover snacks at the end of the day
A lot of traffic past all of the available tables which can be distracting
Music can be quite loud
A ton of tables
Close to campus
All of the tables are very close together, you’ll hear your neighbours’ conversations whether you want to or not
Am I missing some pros or cons, popular hangouts, or have I gotten something wrong? Let me know in the comment section below! Oh, and good luck.