McMaster University Library celebrates STEM

From a first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Opticks, to the innovative programming in Thode Makerspace, to helping students explore storytelling as a form of science communication, McMaster University Library has a wealth of unique archives, spaces and expertise dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Throughout 2019, the Library, together with partners in the Faculties of Science and Engineering as well as the Health Sciences Library, will be shining a light on these and many other archival collections and resources during a special year of programming aimed at celebrating the ways in which the Library supports research, teaching and learning related to STEM. Events will be updated regularly - see below for details. 

McMaster University Library celebrates STEM

Upcoming Events

What's happening

April 24: Special Collections Open House

Join us for an open house in the special collections for an opportunity to view rare texts by some of the greatest scientific and engineering minds of the past 600 years!

Exhibit: Scientists for Peace

A special exhibit highlighting the critical role scientists like Einstein have played in advocating for peace. Presented at the Bertrand Russell Archives and Research Centre. 

Fall 2019: Cartographic Connections

Join McMaster University Library's Map Specialist, Gord Beck, for a special public lecture as he explores the role of science in the history of mapping.

Past Events

Past Events

March 14: Pi Day

Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and to eat pie! Join us at Mills, Thode, Innis and Health Sciences Libraries for a sweet treat at 1:59 PM and celebrate!

March 12: Science & Storytelling

Science is a part of all of our lives, and everyone has a story about how science has impacted them – scientists and the public alike. These stories have the power to transform the way we think about science and who it belongs to.

Jan 26-27: DeltaHacks V

McMaster’s annual student hackathon for change - encouraging students in all fields of study to come together to build real-world applications that create positive change. This year's event brought 630+ students from all across Ontario to Thode Library.

Jan 18-20: Ontario Engineering Competition

McMaster University is proud to host the 40th annual Ontario Engineering Competition, where the brightest student minds in Engineering from across Ontario compete against each other across 8 unique competitions.

About the Year of STEM


An evening of science and storytelling

A special event that brought together alumni, faculty, students and community to share their stories about the ways in which science has intersected with their lives. Presented in partnership with Steel City Stories.

A year-long celebration of STEM

Throughout 2019, the Library will be hosting a series of events showcasing its wealth of unique archives, resources and expertise related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

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