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BAnQ Still There for Patrons Despite New Access Rules in Some Facilities

Montreal, September 30, 2020 – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is committed to doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the red zones and, in accordance with government guidelines, is modifying the access rules to its facilities in Quebec City and Montreal between October 1 and October 28, 2020. Though the Grande Bibliothèque is partially closed, it will provide contactless borrowing services starting October 1.

Quebec City

  • The National Archives facilities in Quebec City (Louis-Jacques-Casault pavilion at Laval university) are temporary closed to the public.


  • The Grande Bibliothèque: on-site subscription is still available and patrons can come to the service desk to pick up the materials set aside for them online or by phone. Access to stacks and computer workstations is temporarily suspended.
  • The National Library (the National Collection at the Grande Bibliothèque and 2275 Holt Street) and the National Archives in Montréal (535 Viger Avenue East) are temporarily closed to the public. Requests can be made by email, phone or online.

Elsewehere in Québec

  • The National Archives will continue to welcome patrons by appointment only in Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Rouyn-Noranda, Trois-Rivières, Rimouski, Saguenay, Sept-Îles and Gaspé. Patrons can contact the centre directly for in-house reference use by appointment.


''Now more than ever, we have a duty to act collectively and stand together against the pandemic and its consequences. We are committed to doing things differently to better serve our patrons. We will gladly welcome them at the Grande Bibliothèque for a short visit as we continue to provide them with the pleasure and comfort of online culture thanks to BAnQ's generous digital offer.''

Jean-Louis Roy, BAnQ Chief Executive Officer

BAnQ's digital offering is ideal for fall days!

Buoyed by the successful last few months, BAnQ's extensive digital offer is still available to every Québec citizen... free of charge! Participate in online cultural activities, borrow e-books, browse through magazines and newspapers, listen to music, watch videos, access online collections and archives, and much more. Brighten the season with online culture for everyone! https://numerique.banq.qc.ca/

BAnQ librarians and archivists serve and support citizens in their research endeavours and answer their questions through the upgraded remote reference service. All you have to do is send a request by email or by phone or ask for an online appointment.

For more information

For more information over the next few days, check our web portal at banq.qc.ca and follow us on social media.

About BAnQ

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) brings together three institutions whose purpose is to bring knowledge and culture to the entire province of Québec.

The National Library collects, processes and preserves all materials published in Québec and ensures that as many people as possible can access the heritage collections it has acquired

The National Archives house public and private archives and provide access to them online and through 10 archives centres located throughout Québec. They also provide a framework to help public organizations manage their materials.

The Grande Bibliothèque is a cultural meeting place in the heart of the city that provides free access to the largest collection of French books and materials in America. Québec’s public library also has a wide variety of digital resources.

BAnQ plays an active role in promoting Québec culture online. banq.qc.ca