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Computers at the Grande Bibliothèque

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The Grande Bibliothèque makes more than one hundred computers available to its patrons. These workstations are located on all levels and allow patrons to access the Internet, many digital resources, the catalogue, and applications available in Microsoft Office. Patrons can also print from these computers at a cost of $0.15 per page, after depositing money in a virtual purse at the information desk or at a pay station.

A few computers located on Level 4, in the music and film section, are reserved for viewing films

Reserving a computer

To  make sure you can access a computer when you want it, we recommend that you make a reservation. Computer reservations can be made online on BAnQ's Web portal or from a catalogue station or a computer at the Grande Bibliothèque. You can also call us at 514 873-1100 (option 2). Some computers have to be reserved at a service desk.

Computers of any type can be reserved for a maximum of two hours per day. Reservations are made in 30-minute time segments, on the hour and the half-hour (10:00, 10:30, 11:00, and so on).

  • You must have a subscriber’s card to reserve a computer.
  • Your subscriber's account must be in good standing.
  • You can reserve computers up to three days in advance, except for the computers on the ground floor, which can only be reserved the same day.
  • Computers in the Espace Jeunes (the children's library) can only be used by children age 13 or under.
  • You may not use another subscriber’s card to use or reserve a computer.
  • If a computer is not in use, you may use it until the next reservation begins; the time will be deducted from your daily allowable time.

For more information, please refer to the FAQ about the reservation system for computer stations.

Use of computer stations by visitors

Computers stations that must be reserved at a service desk

  • Computer stations adapted for people with reduced mobility: Go to the level where you want to use a computer and make your reservation at the service desk.
  • Computer station of the Centre québécois de ressources en littérature pour la jeunesse: Make your reservation at the Espace Jeunes service desk.

If no computer station is available, you can borrow a laptop or a tablet at the self-service loan station located on the ground floor.

Using computer stations

When using a computer, patrons must respect the policies and rules of BAnQ, especially the Patron Code of Conduct and the Policy on Internet and Computer Use by Users (in French).

Internet use

It is prohibited to use the Internet for illicit or commercial purposes such as pornography, violence, propaganda, sales and advertising, propagation of viruses, or plagiarism. Patrons must comply with reproduction rights at all times.

Copying of CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs

Copying or reproducing CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs belonging to Grande Bibliothèque collections is strictly prohibited in any form whatsoever (on a hard disc, USB flash drive, storage peripheral, etc.).


Patrons must comply with the provisions of the Copyright Act and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

The following are prohibited:

  • installing or downloading software or computer programs,
  • modifying software that is already installed,
  • chatting,
  • using interactive games (except for certain educational games authorized in the children's library),
  • connecting a laptop to a station in the Grande Bibliothèque.

Viewing DVDs and Blu-ray discs

Viewing DVDs and Blu-ray discs is authorized only on computer stations that are dedicated to viewing. Yellow-cased DVDs and Blu-ray discs, available on Level 4, are the only ones that may be viewed on these stations.

It is strictly prohibited to view a DVD or a Blu-ray disc on a laptop computer, whether or not the disc comes from the Grande Bibliothèque collection.

Computer support

No support is provided by staff for the ordinary use of computers or the software available at the computer stations.