BAnQ Adds 2.4 Million Bibliographic Records to WorldCat

BAnQ contribution to WorldCat includes more than 800,000 new records

Montréal, August 15, 2016 – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has recently added over 2.4 million records to WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive network of data about library collections. This contribution will make BAnQ’s valuable collections more visible and accessible to researchers around the world.

A photo of Christiane Barbe and Skip Prichard.

Christiane Barbe, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, BAnQ, and Skip Prichard, President and Chief Executive Officer, OCLC. Photo: Carey Champoux.

''We are delighted to extend the widespread accessibility of Québec's published heritage materials and of our extensive French-language circulating collection, said Christiane Barbe, BAnQ Chair and Chief Executive Officer. It strengthens our mission of furthering knowledge. This committed measure epitomizes our values of sharing and openness towards the global library and information community. ”

“The addition of all BAnQ’s records to WorldCat broadens access to these rich collections beyond borders,” said Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. “Libraries, librarians and readers from the French-speaking world will benefit from this expanded access to BAnQ’s impressive and often unique French-language collections. Increasing their visibility and access is consistent with the institution’s mission to share knowledge and preserve the heritage materials of Québec.

BAnQ's contribution of 800,000 new notices to WorldCat ensures that the outreach of heritage materials from Québec and French-speaking countries strengthens interlibrary cooperation and dialogue.   The institution further cements its leadership role in the creation of French-language records.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

About Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

As the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions, and an essential pillar of the knowledge society, the mandate of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it collects, preserves and promotes Québec's and Québec-related heritage materials,  and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its activities in 12 facilities which are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal and BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in Montréal; BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières. In January 2016, BAnQ was tasked by the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montréal with reinventing the Saint-Sulpice Library, located in Montréal.  

Our partners

Ville de Montréal. Fondation de BAnQ. Les Amis de BAnQ. Catalogue des bibliothèques du Québec. RDAQ. RFN.