M. H. M. (Murdo) MacKinnon was born in Regina, moved to Toronto as a child, and graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in English. MacKinnon joined the University of Guelph in 1964 as founding Dean of Wellington College of Arts and Science. In less than one year, he established the entire program of courses for arts, the humanities and social sciences, helping to quickly lay the foundation for the college. The MacKinnon Building was constructed in 1967.

Study Spaces


This space has approximately 50 seats, including under the stairs, which are all group study and moderately loud between class times. Mack’s coffee shop is located near-by with drinks and snacks.

Accessibility Information


P5 off Trent Lane; P44 off Winegard Walk

New Building


Auto doors on main entrance off of Trent Lane


Access to all floors


Unisex washroom on ‘0’ level; accessible stalls men’s and women’s washrooms on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th levels

Old Building


Two accessible entrances on north side off Alumni Walk; ramp and auto door to the left of main entrance across from library;


Blue elevators to all floors of Office Wing, located to the left of main entrance; orange elevators to all floors of Classroom Wing located to the left, (then down hall, to the left, to the right) of main entrance


Accessible stalls in men’s and women’s washrooms on all floors of Classroom Wing