Services documentaires multimédias

About Us

Since more than 50 years, Services documentaires multimédias (SDM) inc., a private non-profit organization, produce, manage and distribute bibliographic and authority databases for French-language documentation.

But the key point to remember is this: the SDM team creates products and services that let libraries and documentation centres, like yours, benefit from cutting-edge document processing and high-quality cataloguing and reference tools.

How do you benefit? You can be sure you are complying with standardisation rules without having to spend your valuable time on it. What's more, you can therefore allocate more resources to your clients and events. Ultimately, the advantages are passed on to your users, who will be even more satisfied.

SDM places at your fingertips databases and other advanced products that help you manage the wealth of documents published in the French-speaking world—all according to the industry's best practices.

SDM can help your organisation save money and improve efficiency, with tools like bibliographic descriptions, subject analyses (classifications and subject headings), evaluations (target audience, value/usefulness, and annotations), authorities for authors, series and children's subject headings, plus access to thousands of French-language periodicals articles, many with full-text.

The value of these tools has been clearly demonstrated in SDM's half a century history!



The history of SDM (Services documentaires multimédias (SDM) inc.) goes back to June 1964, when Quebec's federation of classical colleges created a central cataloguing body, the Centrale de catalogage. The role of this centralised organisation was to catalogue and classify all of the library documents held by the province's classical colleges. This prevented the duplication of costly tasks and facilitated standardisation.

Two years later, the organisation changed its name to better reflect its reality, becoming the Centrale des bibliothèques. Its role included guiding libraries in their selection of works, and indexing periodicals. The organisation offered its services not only to classical colleges but also to a number of other school libraries.

In July 1968, as profound changes affected Quebec's educational system, the Centrale became part of the province's ministry of education.

The ensuing growth allowed the Centrale to diversify its products and services. As early as 1966 it was already processing periodical articles, and it added audiovisual documents in 1971, and then games and toys in 1981, educational research documents in 1982, and software in 1984. SDM's clientele gradually broadened to include public, college, university and specialised libraries, as well as governmental and paragovernmental organisations and associations.

In June 1982, the Centrale des bibliothèques became a private, non-profit enterprise, and it took on its current name, SDM, in 1988. This marked the beginning of a new era, which is still going strong!


Contact Us

Postal Address
5650, rue d'Iberville, bureau 620
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H2G 2B3

Telephone: (514) 382-0895
FAX: (514) 384-9139

To reach a specific individual, please consult our general address book here.

Work Schedule
Our business hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.

Summer Schedule
From June 1st to Labor Day, our offices close at 12:00 PM on Fridays

To Visit Us
SDM offices are in the Rosemont/Petite-Patrie borrough. Take the Metro (Orange line), exit at the Rosemont Station; take the 197 bus line (East) to Iberville then the 94 bus line (South) to Dandurand (3 blocks). A map of the area is available here.

Please visit the STM Web site (Société de transport de Montréal) for detailed directions and schedules.