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Published Thursday June 25, 2020


Gradual reopening of the Grande Bibliothèque on July 2

Reserving materials online or by phone before visiting is required

The Grande Bibliothèque is gradually resuming its activities. Starting Thursday, July 2, subscribers will once again be able to borrow books, CDs, movies, video games and other physical materials. However, only a limited number of services will be offered and some conditions apply.

Reserve your materials before heading to the Grande Bibliothèque

Anyone who wants to borrow library materials will be required to reserve them online or by phone, and they can do it as of now. Users will then have to wait for an email or phone call informing them that the reserved item is available before heading to the Grande Bibliothèque to pick it up.

To reserve materials online,just follow these simple steps. To reserve by phone, call 514 873-1100 or 1 800 363-9028, option 2.

You can place a hold on up to 10 items, including 5 movies or TV series.

Stop by the Grande Bibliothèque starting July 2

Preventive measures have been introduced to safely welcome visitors. The ground floor layout has been modified to include signage reminding patrons of physical distancing measures, clear partitions at the service desks and hand sanitizer dispensers. Furthermore, materials borrowed will only be returned into circulation following a 72-hour waiting period.

Patrons will be able to avail themselves of the following services at the Grande Bibliothèque:

  • picking up materials placed on hold after being notified that they are ready;
  • returning borrowed materials;
  • joining BAnQ.

In order to limit physical contact as well as the number and duration of visits, these are the only activities allowed in the Grande Bibliothèque for the time being.

Opening hours have temporarily been modified as follows:

  • Tuesday through Friday: from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Monday: closed (including phone services)

The FAQ page regarding the reopening features all the information you need to plan a visit to the Grande Bibliothèque, in addition to answering questions about borrowing and returning materials, as well as joining BAnQ. No late fees will be charged for a certain period of time, so there is no need to rush to return borrowed materials!

Spend the summer with us! Zoom in on BAnQ's digital offer

Users can continue to take full advantage of the host of online activities at BAnQ à la maison, which will be further expanded in the coming weeks.



        A view of the Grande Bibliothèque.

        Grande Bibliothèque. iStockphoto.