The University Library has partnered with four other Ontario research libraries to share collection preservation and storage facilities and services. McMaster joins the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Western University, and Queen’s University in the Keep@Downsview partnership.
Joining Keep@Downsview ensures that infrequently used items in the Library's print collections are preserved and readily available to McMaster faculty, students, and staff for generations to come. Preservation of these scholarly but seldom used materials remains an important role for a research library like McMaster in supporting our academic community.
The Keep@Downsview partners share a high-density storage facility, optimized for long-term preservation and access to print materials. Located at the University of Toronto's Downsview campus, the facility opened in 2005. A new addition to the facility, shared by the partners and funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, increased the building's capacity to five million volumes.