Celebrate with us! McPherson Library at 50

View of the McPherson Library looking from the Elliott Building on September 23, 1965.

Completed library from Elliott Building, September 23, 1965.

View of the McPherson Library under construction February 6, 1964

McPherson Library under construction, February 6, 1964. Dennis Godson, Head of Serials Department is in foreground.

McPherson Library construction ca. 1964

McPherson Library construction ca. 1964

Site of McPherson Library, August 29, 1961. Mike Cahill of Victoria College Library Cataloguing Department pictured.

Site of McPherson Library, August 29, 1961. Mike Cahill of Victoria College Library Cataloguing Department pictured.

McPherson Library artists conception, ca. 1963.

McPherson Library artists conception, ca. 1963.

3rd Floor, McPherson Library, ca. 1964-65.

3rd Floor, McPherson Library, ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library, card catalog room, ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library, card catalog room, ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library entry, ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library entry, ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library Gallery, ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library Gallery, ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library artists conception, ca. 1963.

McPherson Library artists conception, ca. 1963.

Students studying at the McPherson Library ca. 1964-65.

Students studying at the McPherson Library ca. 1964-65.

McPherson Library artists conception.

McPherson Library artists conception.

50 years | 1964 - 2014

On November 14, 1964, Chancellor Clearihue formally opened the new McPherson Library, in the presence of Dean W. Halliwell, University Librarian; Robert W. Siddall, Architect; and Alving J. Narod, Contractor. Thomas Shanks McPherson, who died in Victoria on December 3, 1962 willed the bulk of his estate to the University of Victoria for construction of the Library.

For highlights of milestones of the McPherson Library, view our interactive timeline.

Heart of Campus: The Library at 50, from Torch, the UVic Alumni Magazine by Lara Wilson.

Please join us for Celebratory Cake which will be served at the main entrance to the library.

Friday, November 14, 2014

noon - 2 p.m.


Thanks to our sponsors for donating the following prizes! Contest closed November 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  • An iPad mini (valued at $329)
  • A Microsoft Surface tablet (valued at $380)
  • A $100 gift certificate to Munro’s Books
  • A set of Beats by Dre headphones (valued at $219)
  • Tea for Two at the Empress ($115 value)
  • $50 gift cards to the University Bookstore
  • $50 gift cards to University Food Services
  • Bolen’s Books gift card


This event is generously sponsored by University Food Services, Degrees Catering, EBSCO, Elsevier, Gale, JSTOR, ProQuest, Springer, Taylor & Francis Group, Wolters Kluwer, and YBP Library Services.