June 5-10, 2022

28th Polar Libraries Colloquy

Bienvenue à Québec!

From June 5th to 10th, discover the legendary joie de vivre of our French-speaking community and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of La Vieille Capitale, while Université Laval’s Library welcomes the 28th Polar Libraries Colloquy.

The conference will focus on contribution of librarians and archivists to the sharing of northern and polar cultures and knowledge.

Notes from PLC

For members who cannot attend PLC 2022, we are summarizing the sessions so that you can see what's happening in day-by-day in Quebec City.

Bienvenue à Québec!

The event will be an excellent opportunity to:

- Showcase the work of renowned researchers in northern or arctic studies.
- Address the issue of metadata decolonization in a special workshop.
- Discuss various issues related to the management of research data for polar studies in a panel session.
- Introduce participants to the culture of Indigenous and non-Indigenous of northern Quebec.

- Make you discover:

- The beautiful Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure
- The Plains of Abraham, the site of the Battle of Québec in 1759
- The magnificent Charlevoix area, one of the most beautiful holiday regions in Quebec

We look forward to meeting you!


Update on the Health Situation

- The conference will be held in person, in accordance with the sanitary measures put in place by Laval University.
- The Quebec City area is among the regions in the province of Quebec and in Canada where the rate of adequately vaccinated people is the highest (93%).
- The organizing committee is closely monitoring the health situation and will keep the participants informed of any new health measures that may be implemented.
- Registration is currently open.


Your host – Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval

Université Laval’s Library, an organization that believes in values of collaboration and sharing practices between colleagues and institutions, is proud to host the 28th Polar Library Colloquy this year.

Your host – Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval

Here are some highlights of the Library

- The Collections includes more than 6 million documents.
- The Library team is composed of 220 employees, including 46 librarians.
- The acquisition Budget was CAD$ 12.9 million in 2020-21.
- Over 1,700,000 library's website visits in 2020-21.

Northern and Arctic studies Collections

Université Laval’s Library owns an extensive collection of documents on northern and Arctic studies, including:

Northern and Arctic studies Collections

- Monographs and periodicals covering emerging multidisciplinary fields on these topics.
- Geospatial data covering the North and the Canadian Arctic areas.
- First editions of travel accounts and exploration diaries of the Arctic.
- Antique maps of the Arctic.
- Scientific, artistic and heritage objects and specimens related to northernness.
- Cutting-edge expertise consisting of librarians, library technicians and geomatics experts to support research in this field.

Université Laval

Université Laval is the oldest French-language university in North America. It was founded in 1852, although its origins date back to 1663 with the founding of the Séminaire de Québec in New France. This institution of higher education is considered a bulwark in the continued presence and thriving of the French fact in North America.

Université Laval

One of the largest research universities in Canada, Université Laval offers to its 43,000 students more than 500 study programs in over 60 departments and schools divided into 17 faculties.

One of the university's centres of excellence in research and teaching is undoubtedly northern and arctic studies, which bring together more than 300 professors and major research organizations, such as Sentinel North, Institut nordique du Québec (INQ) or Centre for Northern studies (CEN).

Click here to learn more about the Université Laval.

Join us!

Join us to make the next edition of the Polar Libraries Colloquy an exciting and memorable event!

Join us!

Polar Libraries Colloquy

Founded in 1971, the Polar Libraries Colloquy is an invaluable showcase for librarians and other experts involved in collecting, preserving and disseminating information, and allows to discuss mutual interest and promote initiatives leading to improved collections and services. Traditionally, the Colloquy meets every two years, alternating between Europe and North America. Click here to learn more about the Polar Libraries Colloquy.


Gold Sponsors

  • Institut nordique du Québec
  • Sentinel North
  • Centre d'études nordiques

Bronze Sponsors

  • OCLC


Organising committee

Centre GéoStat, Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval

Stéfano Biondo, Map Librarian and Geospatial Data Specialist Stefano.Biondo@bibl.ulaval.ca

Joë Bouchard, Librarian (Northern Studies) Joe.Bouchard@bibl.ulaval.ca

Gaston Quirion, Librarian (Statistical Information) Gaston.Quirion@bibl.ulaval.ca

Organising committee


Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval

2345, Allée des Bibliothèques Québec, Québec Canada, G1V 0A6

Registration period

November 28, 2021 - 00:00 until June 10, 2022 - 00:00

Submission period

November 22, 2019 - 00:00 until June 2, 2022 - 23:45

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact plc2020@bibl.ulaval.ca .

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