Nellie Langford Rowell Library records consolidated online


If you’re looking for the catalogue records for the book collection at the Nellie Langford Rowell Library, life has become a bit easier for you.

Right: Nellie Langford Rowell

York University Libraries and the Nellie Langford Rowell Library have made these records available in York University Libraries’ online catalogue. With this addition to the catalogue, scholars now have the convenience of being able to search a single catalogue for resources at York University Libraries, the Law Library and the Nellie Langford Rowell Library.

The Nellie Langford Rowell Women’s Library began in 1969 with the Toronto New Feminists, a radical feminist group started by Bonnie Kreps. In 1973 that group disbanded, agreeing to focus their feminist ideas on the places where they worked or studied.

Left: Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman, left, with her mother Nellie Langford Rowell

Donations from Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman (1904-1994), mainly through the Jackman Foundation, enabled the establishment of the library on a permanent basis with a modest endowment. The library was then renamed to honour Jackman’s mother, Nellie Langford Rowell (1874-1968).

Today, the Nellie Langford Rowell Library, located in 204 Founders College, includes a book collection of over 16,400 items. The library subscribes to almost 200 women’s, feminist and women’s studies periodicals and has substantial numbers of issues of other, often short-lived magazines and newsletters. It also houses a considerable collection of ephemera related to women, the women’s movement, women’s studies and feminism, filed in some 200 broadside boxes.

You can call the library for information at ext. 33219. For details about the library, Nellie Langford Rowell and Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman, visit

Right: Nellie Langford Rowell

The Nellie Langford Rowell Library is dedicated to Nellie Langford Rowell, an active volunteer in the women’s community and mother of the library’s main benefactor, Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman. It offers resources to students, faculty and staff at the University, as well as the wider community represented by the library’s founders. The library is administered by a volunteer board from the various sectors of women’s studies at York as well as members from external community groups.