The 28th PLC Organising Committee, with the approval of the PLC Steering Committee and the Université Laval Library administration, have made a decision, in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, to postpone PLC2020 until June 6 – June 12, 2021


This was not a decision made lightly – we looked carefully all our options (keeping the current dates, cancelling or postponing) and decided that postpone a full year was the best choice for health care concerns, logistical and financial reasons. ​

If you have registered for the conference already, we will contact you soonly. If you have submitted a proposal, we will be in touch shortly with options. More information soon!


 Thank you for your comprehension.


 The Organising Committee​




Your hostUniversité LavalOrganising committee |  Polar Libraries Colloquy 


Bienvenue à Québec!


From June 7th to 13th, 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. The event will be an excellent opportunity to:


  • Bring together specialists in northern and polar information, from more than 15 different countries.
  • Highlight the unique expertise of librarians and archivists in this field through stimulating presentations.
  • 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 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal of northern Quebec .
  • Make you discover:
    • The beautiful Old Quebec (a UNESCO World Heritage treasure)
    • The Montmorency Forest (the largest research forest in the world)
    • The magnificent Charlevoix area (one of the most beautiful holiday regions in Quebec)


We look forward to meeting you!



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.

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$ 12.2 million in 2017-18.
    • More than 600,000 visits in 2017-2018, an increase of 8% from 2016-17.


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

  • 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.


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.


Organising committee

Stéfano Biondo

Geospatial and Maps Librarian

Centre GéoStat, Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval


Joë Bouchard

Subject Librarian (Northern Studies)

Centre GéoStat, Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval


Gaston Quirion

Data Librarian

Centre GéoStat, Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval  


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


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.


































June 7-13 2020

Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval
2345 Allée des Bibliothèques
Québec, Québec
Canada, G1V 0A6

Paper presentation
November 22, 2019 00:00 EST to February 28, 2020 23:45 EST
November 22, 2019 00:00 EST to February 28, 2020 23:45 EST
Panel discussions
November 22, 2019 00:00 EST to February 28, 2020 23:45 EST
Contact organizers