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Grouped together under the name Specialized Documentation and Information Department (Service de documentation et d’information spécialisées, SDIS), they offer more than 50,000 documents in digital or printed format available for borrowing by its community and certain partners such as the Geological Survey of Canada.

Catalog Sofia

Both the student and faculty communities, as well as INRS graduates and staff, can find documents to borrow in Sofia, the bilingual catalog of collections and services common to all university libraries in Quebec.


Theses loans are possible under the BCI Partenariat des bibliothèques universitaires québécoises. In some cases, certain external users may borrow documents, under certain conditions. Read more about the SOFIA project

SDIS ensures the accessibility, availability, and efficient use of information and documentation, to support instruction, research, and creation in the various INRS entities and their areas of practice.

Services offered

In addition to support for lending between 18 Quebec university libraries with the Sofia search tool, borrowing and renewing between INRS libraries, and depositing a digital document in EspaceINRS, the person in charge of the library can help you find documentation, organize your information, write scientific texts, find the best places to publish them, understand copyright, and more.

Library users have access to a wide variety of resources and services.

  • Assessment of information literacy skills
  • Bibliographic notification service
  • Computer workstations
  • Literature monitoring
  • Plagiarism management
  • Provision of documents (purchase, borrow, copy)
  • Publications database and institutional repositories
  • Research data management
  • Research support
  • Remote access to digital collections
  • Scanner/fax
  • Technical help for the library classroom
  • Training and help with bibliographic research
  • Training and technical support (bibliographic and informational tools)
  • Workshops and self-training
  • Workspaces
  • Writing assistance (scientific posters, etc.)

Opening hours

Library staff are available to answer your questions Monday through Friday. Please note that the opening hours of the service desks are variable and that certain time slots are offered by appointment only.

See the schedule


Library users can count on the assistance of qualified resource people for research, access and management of information in all its forms, including digital and geospatial data and research data management.

See the SDIS staff directory

Workshops and self-trainings

Workshops and self-trainings are offered on a regular basis to help the student community use all the tools and orient them to the world of information, publishing and documentation.

See the trainings schedule


Text message: 514-613-7347 (514-613-SDIS)

SDIS-Quebec City: 418-654-2577
SDIS-Montreal : 514-499-4018
SDIS-Laval: 450-687-5010

If you need help, contact our librarians.