Collection of Modern Fine Bindings

Description of the collection

The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec Heritage Collection of Fine Bindings comprises more than 350 unique works from the 20th and 21st centuries, produced by professional Québec binders. In the early 1970s, the institution started making occasional acquisitions of Québec fine bindings. Starting in 2000, acquisitions became more regular through the implementation of a fine bindings annual acquisition programme; gifts and retrospective purchases also serve to expand this collection and ensure that it represents Québec's contribution in this field.

BAnQ gives researchers, specialists and the general public access to these remarkable achievements in the field of book trades. They provide a particularly suitable appreciation of the aesthetic and technical aspects of this discipline and illustrate the diversity of the materials used and the styles adopted, both traditional and contemporary. As a result of the creativity of the binder and the originality of his work, book bindings have taken up their place as works of art.

BAnQ keeps its collection of artists’ books and bibliophile books separate from its collection of fine bindings.

The artists represented in the collection are:

Search tools and publications

The fine bindings are described in the online Iris catalogue.

The collection of reference works available in the BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie reading room includes several essential works on binding, bibliophilia and the history of the book.

BAnQ preserves numerous artists’ works that pertain to its collections. Upon request, they can be made available to the public in the BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie reading room.

Contact information

The fine bindings can be studied in the reading room of BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. This room is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Telephone: 514 873-1101, ext. 3823, or 1 800 363-9028 (in Québec)
Fax: 514 873-7168

Élise Lassonde is in charge of this collection.

Our partners

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