General description of books

This collection consists of more than 250,000 titles, all of which are books or pamphlets from the private commercial sector. Government publications are not included. The collection comprises mainly titles in French and in English, but also more than 4,000 titles in various other languages, including Italian, Spanish and German, as well as Amerindian languages and Inuktitut.

The collection is divided into three major parts:

  • Québec publishing from 1821 to the present constitutes the core of the documentary richness of the collection, since it includes the production of Québec publishers on all subjects. Acquisitions have been made primarily through legal deposit since January 1968, which has guaranteed an exhaustive collection as of then. A large genealogy collection is part of this subdivision.
  • Québec-related publishing includes titles published outside Québec but dealing with a Québec subject or one of whose collaborators is originally from Québec.
  • The Saint-Sulpice collection, which the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec inherited in 1967, brings together old and foreign documents published between 1801 and 1967, particularly in the humanities.

In certain cases, the books can be consulted only on microforms, given the fragility of the original works and the library's preservation role. A large number of Québec documents have been reproduced or acquired on microform by BAnQ, which allows the collections to be more exhaustive. Among acquired documents is the huge collection of pre-1900 Canadian monographs (68,697 titles on 204,285 microfiches) produced by the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions, and the supplement to that collection (1900-1920).


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Books are described in the Iris online catalogue.

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Bibliographie du Québec: records established by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Bibliographie du Québec, 1821-1967

Dionne, Narcisse-Eutrope. Inventaire chronologique. Québec: n.p., 1905-1909. - 4 vols.

Gagnon, Philéas. Essai de bibliographie canadienne : inventaire d'une bibliothèque comprenant, imprimés, manuscrits, estampes, etc., relatifs à l'histoire du Canada et des pays adjacents avec des notes bibliographiques. - Québec, 1895-1913. - 2 vols.

Hamelin, Jean; Beaulieu, André; Gallichan, Gilles et al. Brochures québécoises 1764-1972. Québec: Ministère des communications, Direction générale de publications gouvernementales, 1981. 598 pp.

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