BAnQ Web portal accessibility

Particular care has been taken with respect to BAnQ's Web portal to ensure that it complies with accessibility software and equipment. If, however, you experience difficulty completing a form, accessing certain pages or using certain services offered on this Web portal, do not hesitate to contact us.

BAnQ's goal is to comply with the requirements of the standard adopted by the Government of Québec with respect to computer resources (SQQRI 008 in French only), in terms of the accessibility of the Web, in keeping with the timetable developed by the Conseil du trésor.


 TopKeyboard access keys

BAnQ's Web portal has been designed so that it is completely accessible from a computer keyboard.

  • Key 0: consult the accessibility policy
  • Key 1: return to the home page
  • Key 2: direct access to the content of the current page
  • Key 3: consult the site map
  • Key 4: access search
  • Key 9: access the "Contact us" page
  • Key M: direct access to the main menu
  • Key S: direct access to the pop-up menu (when there is one)
  • Key H: access the help page

The means for accessing the access keys depend on your computer's browser.
In the case of most browsers that operate with Windows, you have to press the keys "Alt" and "Shift" along with the access key simultaneously (do not use the numbers on the number pad), then on "Enter" as the case may be.

In a Macintosh environment, you generally have to press "CTRL" and the access key simultaneously. For more details, we invite you to consult the Wikipedia article entitled Access in Different Browsers.


 TopSkip links

Located at the top of the page, three links provide direct access to the information sought. 

  • The first link leads directly to the content.
  • The second link leads to the main menu for the site (which provides access to the home pages of the various topics proposed by BAnQ).
  • The third link leads to a pop-up menu (menu to the left) when there is one.


 TopAlternative content

Each of the graphic elements on this web portal includes a text description that will be displayed if the visitor decides not to display the images or if he/she cannot display or see the images.


 TopSite map

The map of BAnQ's Web portal is available at the bottom of each page of the site. It is also accessible through keyboard access key 3.


 TopCompatibility with browsers

It is possible to access this Web portal using recent browsers, specifically Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer (versions 7 and later), Safari, etc.

We strongly recommend that you do not use Explorer 6.


 TopValidation tools

The accessibility of the site is verified with the following tools:

  • Web Developer toolbar for Firefox
  • Firefox Accessibility Extension
  • Juicy Studio Accessibility toolbar (Color Contrast Analyser)


 TopDescription of the icons


Page or site including accessibility obstacles.Page or site including accessibility obstacles

Clé. Access reserved for BAnQ subscribers

Up arrow. Up arrow

BAnQ mobile. BAnQ mobile

BAnQ's blog. BAnQ's blog (in French)

Facebook. Facebook

Google plus. Google +

Newsletter.Infolettre (newsletter, in French)

LinkedIn. LinkedIn

Podcast. Podcast


Twitter. Twitter

YouTube. YouTube


Free admission ticket. Free admission ticket

Paid admission ticket. Paid admission ticket

Calendar. Calendar

Online resources, Collections

Québec publication. Québec publication

Results in images. Results in images

Results by list. Results by list

Check availability.Check availability

Download. Download

Order. Order

Print display. Print display

Hyperlink. Hyperlink

Journals, magazines, newspapers and databases

I. Information

Available remotely. Available remotely

Available on-site. Available on-site

Pistard - Archives

Help. Help

Basket. Basket

Save a comment. Save a comment

Remove a container from the basket. Remove a container from the basket

Ok. OK

Iris catalogue

Add to basket. Add to basket

Remove from basket.Remove from basket

Full display. Full display

Short display. Short display

Comments. Comments

Print details. Print details

@ - Email list. Email list

Ask a question. Ask a question

1 - Reserve. Reserve

Alphabetic list. Alphabetic list

Document types

Multimedia kit. Artefact
Multimedia kit

Cassette. Audio book on cassette
Music cassette

CD. Audio book on CD
Music CD

List. bibliographical reference

Blu-ray. Blu-ray

Cartographic reference. Cartographic reference

Collection. Collection


e-book. e-book

Electronic resource. Electronic resource

Globe. Globe

Graphic representation. Graphic representation

Large print book. Large print book

Manuscript. Manuscript

Map. Map

Mixed. Mixed

Movie. Movie

Table de mixage. Musical recording
Non musical recording

Musical score. Musical score

Periodical. Periodical

Periodical article. Periodical article

Print book<br />Textual material. Print book
Textual material

2 - Projected material.Projected material

Slide. Slide

Software. Software

Unknown. Unknown

Video cassette. Video cassette

Video game. Video game

www: Website. Website


 TopContent that does not comply

At present, certain elements of the content on this site do not comply with government standards concerning Web site accessibility.

The content covered by these government standards will eventually be adapted, in keeping with the timetable in effect, to ensure that it is accessible

Certain Web applications in this portal include obstacles to accessibility that will be corrected during a future upgrade. These include the following:

  • Iris catalogue
  • StatBib (public library statistics – in French only)
  • Pistard archival tool
  • BREF
  • Publications numériques du Québec (Québec e-books)
  • Nouveautés à la Grande Bibliothèque (new releases at the Grande Bibliothèque)
  • Prix littéraires du Québec (Québec literaryawards)
  • Bibliographie du Québec, 1821-1967 (Québec bibliography, 1821-1967)
  • Romans à lire (must reads)
  • Images
  • Various interfaces highlighting BAnQ's heritage collections.

Moreover, BAnQ cannot guarantee the accessibility of content or applications that come from third parties that are not subject to government standards concerning Web site accessibility.

Our partners

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