Public or Private?

You wrote:



I would like you to make the library a private building. I have encountered people who are not Concordia students there numerous times and security said there was nothing they could do about it. Thank you.


 Most libraries, whether public and academic, collect resources primarily for the use of their immediate communities but they also share them with other libraries and individual users. No one library can collect all the online or printed resources in the world, and so it must rely on a network of libraries to offer their patrons the broadest possible access to information. In that spirit, visitors from the public and other institutions are allowed to make use of the Concordia libraries the same way that Concordia students and researchers can make use of, for example, McGill, or U de M libraries. We do, however, give priority to Concordia students, staff,  and faculty members who use our services and resources.


Our periodic ID card checks in the past showed that there are very few people in the library who are not part of the Concordia community. Concordia has a big and diverse population, and it may not be easy tell who is a member of the Concordia community and who is not.  


If you feel that someone is abusing the library’s facilities or resources you can report it to any service desk. Thanks for writing.

One thought on “Public or Private?

  1. Christopher James

    I think that it is an excellent thing that our libraries are used by non-students. Concordia and its founding institutions have a long history of community involvement. We should be proud of that tradition and welcome all members of the wider world to use our resources in a responsible way.

    This university would not survive very long without the support of the citizens of Quebec and Canada, they pay the taxes that make higher education possible. Tuition paid by students represents only a fraction of the total cost of education and I do not think that it is fair to turn around and bar the people who really pay for the services offered at Concordia.

    The wider world is impatient with any “ivory tower” attitude on the part of universities. We can all fight this prejudice by being conscious of the wider context in which university education is offered and remember that knowledge is for everyone.

    Of course the Libraries have a Code of Conduct and it should be applied to students, faculty, staff and visitors alike.

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