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The Polish Library in Montreal was founded in 1944 thanks to Wanda Stachiewicz's efforts. It was to function as a research and documentation centre for the newly created Institute of Arts and Sciences. In recognition of the quality of its collection,

McGill University provides it with a space, and with access to certain university services. Specializing in the humanities,

the Library remains an important Polish institution and the only independent Polish public library in North America. 




The collection of the Library currently consists of 48 000 titles,

of which around 15 000 are included in the McGill University catalogue,

making these items accessible to users at every academic library in North America.





+ gathering, developing, and preserving library materials

+ serving patrons by providing access to the collection and to reference services

+ cooperating with other libraries, archive centers, and research centres

+ carrying out research, publication, education, and popularization activities


Mondays: 10 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursdays: 10 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturdays: 1 PM – 5 PM

Reading room and information
Monday through Friday:

10 AM – 5 PM

The Library is closed during holidays as well as winter and summer vacation.

Patrons are notified of exact closure dates in writing. 


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