Consultation and Loans

Jérôme-Demers Pavilion, a place for consultation and research

The Musée de la civilisation gives access to an exceptional historical heritage behind the Jérôme-Demers Pavilion's walls.

This heritage is as much about the burgeoning society in New France as it is about French-speaking life in North America. The Reading Room offers researchers the opportunity to consult the historical archives and the rare books of the Séminaire de Québec's library and also query the database of all the Musée de la civilisation's collections.

Reading Room, Musée de l'Amérique francophone
Musée de la civilisation, photo: Idra Labrie - Perspective Photo, 4133_icono_0042

The Reading Room is open for researchers by appointment only, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 8.30 to 12 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.
Since space is limited in the Reading Room and so that we may serve you better, it is necessary to schedule your appointment by completing the Consultation Request Form. Only appointments requested by this form will be taken into consideration.


Reading Room

Séminaire de Québec
Pavillon Jérôme-Demers
5th floor

9, rue de la Vieille-Université
Quebec City (Québec)  G1R 5K1
T. 418 643-2158 ext. 796



Rare Book Library, Musée de l'Amérique francophone
Musée de la civilisation, photo: Idra Labrie - Perspective Photo, 4133_icono_0049


Search in the collections

Research tools are only available in French


État général des fonds du Séminaire de Québec
Over three centuries of history to discover: Séminaire de Québec archives (PDF, 7,5 Mo)

Fonds Thaïs Lacoste-Frémont
Woman of heart, woman of action: Thaïs Lacoste-Frémont (PDF, 2 Mo)

Les missions du Séminaire de Québec dans la vallée du Mississippi, 1698-1699
Correspondence with annotations by priest and historian Noël Baillargeon (PDF, 7,67 Mo)


Les sciences médicales du XVIIe au XIXe siècle au sein de la bibliothèque du
Séminaire de Québec (PDF, 2,1 Mo)

Répertoire des photographes de Québec, 1840-1975 (PDF, 3 Mo)

To improve the conservation conditions of the collections for which it is responsible, the Musée de la civilisation has undertaken a large "Archives Project", with the support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. This project aims to ensure proper preventive conservation of the historical archives and the rare and old books.

As a result of this work, a moratorium may be applied to these fields for the duration of the project, and specifically affects:

  • The loan of documents from the historical archives, rare book library and the special collections (works on paper, coins and stamps);
  • The consultation of documents that are currently being processed;
  • The requests of digital images and photographs.

The Musée de la civilisation thanks you for your understanding and apologizes for any inconvenience the moratorium may cause you.

The Musée de la civilisation contributes to the cultural productions of various museums and historical houses through the loan of objects and documents. The collections can therefore be seen by the greatest number of people while fostering collaboration within the national and international network of museums.

To apply for a loan of objects or documents from the collections, please refer to the Loan Management Policy and the related documents below.

Please note that the following documents are only available in French.

Loan Management Policy 

Loan Application Form

Questionnaire Prior to Loan