McLaughlin Library

McLaughlin Library

The library is at the centre of campus life – students are forever coming and going as they pursue their post-secondary education. In fact, on a busy day more than 12,000 people use the McLaughlin library, and more than 1 million visit annually.

The library first opened in 1968, at a cost of $8,175,000; $1 million of which was donated by Robert Samuel McLaughlin (1871-1972), a pioneer Canadian car manufacturer and philanthropist. His portrait hangs on the right side wall after coming through the main entrance. On the opposite wall is a glass display case that displays archival displays from the University of Guelph.

Building Hours

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Accessibility Information

ramp and auto door at main entrance off Winegard Walk

access to all floors

men’s and women’s washrooms in the basement off the main elevators to the right; accessible stalls in the third floor washrooms

P5 off Trent Lane