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Whether you are looking for a literary classic, a best-seller, an out-of-print short story collection or the most recent work by your favorite Québec author, a rich collection of French-language and English-language novels is available to you.

Classified according to publication language, the novels are shelved in two large sections: the general collection and the collection by genres. You can browse and select books in the following categories:

  • detective novels, including spy novels, thrillers, and novels based on legal intrigues;
  • science fiction and fantasy novels, including horror novels, gothic novels, the marvelous and the bizarre;
  • sentimental novels, including popular love stories and other romantic and passionate tales;
  • historical novels, including sword and dagger novels, adventure novels and romantic biographies.

The Grande Bibliothèque houses the most diverse collection of French-language novels in North America. There's something for everyone!

A wonderful collection of pocket books and large print books is available in the News and new releases section.



Need some reading suggestions? Consult the Romans@lire database [French only], the ideal place to explore new paths, unearth novels that satisfy your needs and discover new authors or works that BAnQ users have appreciated. A unique resource, Romans@lire [French only] lists close to 35,000 novels, including all Québec novels published to date as well as all novels published in France since the year 2000 that are included in BAnQ's collections.



Complementing the collections of printed books and audio books on CD, thousands of novels in e-book format are available at no charge through several databases that are available online, on-site and remotely. Consult the section dedicated to e-books [French only] and discover a rich collection of French- and English-language novels, including Québec novels from more than 40 publishers.E-books can be read on a computer or on a compatible mobile device. They are loaned for 21 days; following that it is no longer possible to read them, which eliminates late fees.