Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois
To visit the English-language exhibition*, you must make an online reservation according to a predetermined schedule. Ticketing fees are $5 per ticket (taxes included) for BAnQ subscribers and $10 per ticket (taxes included) for non-subscribers.
No ticketing fees on Tuesdays, starting at 5 pm (last tour at 8:30 pm). You can reserve online as early as noon the previous Friday.
For security reasons, infants and children under 14 will not be admitted.
The Library at Night is a virtual exploration of 10 of the world’s most fascinating libraries. It was designed by the Ex Machina production company and its artistic director, multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, based on an original idea by BAnQ.
Inspired by the essay of the same name by writer Alberto Manguel, the project's co-creator, the exhibition explores the philosophical, architectural and social foundations on which all libraries rest.
Upon entering the exhibition, visitors step into a recreation of Manguel's own library. They then move to an immersive forest landscape that provides a sharp contrast to the rigorous order usually associated with temples of knowledge. If, as Manguel writes, “the library in the morning suggests an echo of the severe and reasonably wishful order of the world, the library at night seems to rejoice in the world's essential, joyful muddle.”
Visitors then don headsets using 360° video immersion technology* that take them from Sarajevo's National and University Library, magically risen from the ashes, to Mexico City’s Megabibliotheca, the stunning digital-age Biblioteca Vasconcelos, and from the legendary city of Alexandria to the bottom of the sea aboard Captain's Nemo Nautilus. There are a total of 10 famous places, both real and imaginary, to be visited on a one-of-a-kind journey for which BAnQ is your guide.
Photo: Jocelyn Michel / Consulat (leconsultat.ca)
Photo: Manit A. Balmiki
* Important notice
Wearing the Gear VR headset may have harmful effects on pregnant women and people with a known medical condition (visual or neuropsychological disorders, cardiovascular disease, etc.). If such is the case, we recommend that you consult a physician before visiting this exhibition.
La bibliothèque, la nuit
Translator, essayist, novelist and editor Alberto Manguel, whose eponymous book inspired multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage to create The Library at Night, will talk about his essay and the exhibition’s creative process in which he was an active participant.
Educational tours of the exhibition The Library at Night
For school groups, Secondary 2 to 5.
These events will take place in French.