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Published Monday May 13, 2019

BAnQ Makes Over 100,000 Digitized Heritage Items Freely Available

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) now allows the free and unrestricted use of more than 100,000 public-domain heritage items that have been digitized and made available on its BAnQ numérique Web portal, the institution's digital platform.

This decision will greatly ease many people's work and will be reflected in anything from presentations illustrated by lecturers, articles fleshed out by reporters or WWI books containing poster reproductions to original creations featuring artist-tweaked images, rare maps shared by social media users or BAnQ numérique content inserted into Wikicommons and Wikipedia by contributors.

''The time has come to adopt open access for as many available resources as possible. BAnQ has chosen to take action in this regard so that users across Québec and the world be unburdened by unnecessary restrictions,'' announced Jean-Louis Roy, BAnQ's Chief Executive Officer.

Read the press release

Early photo, St. Catherine by night, 1937.

St. Catherine Street Looking East, October 5, 1937. Collections of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. Photo: Conrad Poirier.