The National Archives centres and the Grande Bibliothèque are open, including the National Library's reading room (at the Grande Bibliothèque).
Staff members at the National Library (in Rosemont) process research requests by telephone and email. If your research requires it, we will schedule an appointment. Otherwise, the reading room remains closed, except for patrons who have booked an appointment.
The Grande Bibliothèque is open to the public. All its services are available except the following ones:
For now, the Grande Bibliothèque is open:
The library and its phone services are closed Mondays.
Check the detailed schedule for the opening hours of the National Library (at the Grande Bibliothèque), which are different than those of the Grande Bibliothèque.
The Espace Jeunes (the children's library) is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
Wearing a face covering is no longer mandatory. However, patrons must comply with basic hygiene rules and are advised to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Work tables, armchairs and computer stations are available to all users, not just subscribers.
Seated spots and computer stations cannot be reserved.
There is no maximum time for using seated spots. Computer stations can be used for a maximum of 2 hours per day.
Please note that wearing a face covering is no longer mandatory.
Yes, please view the calendar of activities (in French) for more information.
In order to minimize health risks to patrons and staff:
While waiting for the full reopening of our reading rooms, our staff members are at your service to support you in your research endeavours.
Contact us with your needs by filling out this form or calling us. We will get back to you as soon as possible by email, phone or videoconference. We can assist you with your research and copy certain pages for you, if need be (in compliance with the Copyright Act and any other restrictions) if the documents that are of interest to you are not available online.
If your request pertains to a specific archives centre, you can also contact this centre directly.
Users can now access materials at the National Archives, no appointment needed. Read more.
If your research requires it, we can schedule an appointment with you at one of our centres. The appointment is made after you have discussed your research by phone with a member of our staff.
The Advitam research interface into the archives is accessible.
BAnQ also encourages its patrons to browse and use its digital offer, which they can use to remotely access its collections and archival holdings, borrow books in French or in English, read magazines and newspapers in French or in English, listen to music and watch videos.
Many activities are programmed. Please check the calendar of activities (in French).
Yes. You can place a document reproduction request by filling out the designated form.
Yes. Approval of new archival fonds and transportation of materials to our facilities will proceed within the usual timelines. If need be, an archivist will email you to let you know the status of your request.
Yes. You can complete and submit such a request.
Yes. You can submit requests through the Advitam transactional tool.
Yes. You can contact an archivist by email or by phone. Municipal, health and education government departments are specifically asked to contact their regional BAnQ archivist. [PDF - 120KB]
Staff of the National Library are at your service to assist you in your research.
The National Library (at the Grande Bibliothèque) is open for-in house use of materials, no appointment required, during opening hours.
The National Library (in Rosemont) is open by appointment for-in house use of materials, during opening hours. Please note that two business days are required from the moment you book the appointment to the moment of the appointment itself. To book an appointment, please write at email@example.com and specify the materials you wish to access.
Yes. All submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations cannot be brought or sent directly to the facility.
Yes. Questions and requests can be sent to email@example.com.
Yes, materials can be sent by mail to the following address:
Section du dépôt légal
Bibliothèque nationale (site Rosemont)
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
2275, rue Holt
or brought in person to the:
National Library (in Rosemont) at 2275, Holt Street, Montréal, and at the National Library (at the Grande Bibliothèque).
Yes. Address change requests and questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Just fill in the Cataloguing in Publication Information form (in French).
Many online activities are posted on BAnQ's website. Please check the calendar of activities (in French).
475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est
Phone: 514 873-1100 or
Berri-UQAM metro station
Paid parking (access from avenue Savoie and rue Berri)
National Library (in Rosemont)
2275, rue Holt
|A parking lot located at the west end of the building is available to patrons free of charge.
Buses: 197, 94, 47, 27, 45, 10
See the BAnQ archives centres section
See the opening hours
The reading room at the National Library (in Rosemont) is open to users who have scheduled an appointment to view documents.
See the BAnQ archives centres section
All Québec residents have free access to BAnQ's services.
Yes, the Grande Bibliothèque facilitates accessibility by complying with recognized standards. It provides persons with disabilities with exceptional access to culture and information. It offers services, collections and equipment adapted to the various types of disabilities.
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) brings together three institutional cornerstones whose mission is to expand the knowledge and culture of all Quebecers.
The National Library collects, processes and preserves all materials published in Québec and provides widespread access to the heritage collections it has acquired.
The National Archives preserves public and private archives and provides access to them through its 10 centres throughout the province. It also provides a framework to help public bodies manage their archival materials.
The Grande Bibliothèque is a cultural hub in the heart of the city that provides users with free access to the largest collection of French books and materials in the Americas. Québec’s main public library also has an extensive collection of digital resources.
BAnQ plays an active role in promoting Québec culture online. In 2018-2019, its website received a total of 7 million hits, with users accessing over 1.5 million digital loans and 18.4 million digital materials.
The Grande Bibliothèque puts two major collections at the disposal of its patrons.
The collection of the Grande Bibliothèque includes over 4 million books, CDs, movies, magazines and newspapers from Québec and around the world, covering all subjects. Most can be borrowed by BAnQ subscribers. Subscribing is free for all Québec residents. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) also makes an extensive and constantly expanding digital collection available to the public.
The collection is spread across six levels:
The National Library (at the Grande Bibliothèque), whose entrance is located inside the Grande Bibliothèque, houses the materials published in Québec over more than two centuries. It includes books, reference works, government publications, newspapers on microforms as well as journals and magazines on mobile stacks, accessible with the help of staff. Materials must be viewed on site.
BAnQ also makes adapted materials available for people with perceptual disabilities.
The National Library collections can be accessed by appointment at the Rosemont site:
The 10 National Archives cemtres house millions of items.
These centres house over 67 kilometers of written documents, 100,000 audiovisual and sound recordings, 15,000,000 graphical materials and 1,500,000 cartographic materials.
The Advitam research tool lets you find the materials you want and view a good deal of online online materials.
BAnQ uploads on the Internet a digital version of hundreds of thousands of Québec materials, including books, newspapers, sheet music, iconographic and cartographic items, sound recordings and government publications.
These digitized materials are augmented by hundreds of electronic resources from Québec and elsewhere, covering all disciplines.