The Library of the Archive of the Jesuits in Canada


“ The individuals ought to have the books which are necessary for them.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Jesuit Constitutions , Part IV, Chapter 6

The Archive Library offers researchers access to a comprehensive collection of works by and about Jesuits in Canada. The collection reflects the activities of Francophone and Anglophone Jesuits on Canadian territory from the time of the Society’s arrival in New France in 1611 to the present day.

In addition to the main collection, there is a collection of periodicals, a collection of Jesuit provincial catalogues, and a collection of old and rare books.

The Library houses some 37,000 works. Works in the Library come from all stages of the religious history of Canada. One group, for example, includes very early Canadian books such as hand-written dictionaries of Native languages.

The Library has been assembled from the collections of the former archives of the two Canadian Jesuit provinces, and from the collections of various Jesuit houses and institutions. The Library acquires new materials in French and English. It acquires old and rare books that relate to Canadian Jesuit history.

The AJC Library is a rich collection that can be conveniently consulted in the Félix Martin, s.j. Reading Room.

The online Library Catalog is here