BAnQ - Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montreal
(4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec is a Québec government corporation born out of a merger between the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec and the Archives nationales du Québec, in 2006. The Bibliothèque nationale du Québec had previously merged with the Grande bibliothèque du Québec in 2002.BAnQ's mandate is to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it brings together, preserves and promotes Québec's and Québec-related heritage materials, and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its mandate in 12 facilities which are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal and BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in Montréal; BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières.CollectionThe library's collection includes legal deposit copies of all works printed in Quebec, concerning Quebec, or written or contributed to by an author from Quebec.HistoryThe Archives nationales du Québec, or National Archives of Québec, were founded September 2, 1920, and Pierre-Georges Roy became Québec's first Head Archivist in the process.The purpose of the institution was to process historical materials, more specifically public archives and the Québec government's archives, and to collect documents pertaining to the history of Québec.The Archives nationales du Québec were brought under the jurisdiction of the Department of Cultural Affairs in 1961. Until 1963, the institution was called Archives de la province de Québec.
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  • Great place to relax, study, and recreation. I am a fan of libraries, so I'm biased. But you really notice the difference of organization among these places and libraries in Italy. Recommended to pass a few hours.
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  • Had higher expextations, so I was a little bit disappointed. We strolled around at every floor for a bit and then went on with exploring the rest of Montreal. It is funny to see the assembly line go d...  more »
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  • Where: BAnQ Grande Bibliothèque - Montreal, Quebec What: A huge central library How was it: We are lucky because this place is very close to home. It's so close that we'll go for long periods at a time without going or even forgetting it's there. One of the perks of living on the island - you don't need to pay for the membership. They have lots that you can check out online, even reading material, renew your almost due books with a simple click or even rent music or movies. It's huge, well decorated and clean. We'll even come to study here sometimes. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 4+ Recommend: Yes, if you're in the area and you like libraries. Best case scenario you can even get your membership !
  • An excellent resource for research, with plenty of books, physical or numerical, magazines, newspapers and audiovisual content. There are some desks available for work and relatively comfortable seats for reading. You can also work in private rooms, which is useful for team projects. The library has plenty of computers available for use. However, my main annoyance with the library is the noise. The library tends to get crowded and the staff struggle to apply the rules. There are plenty of rude people who don't seem really concerned about silence which sometimes makes work or reading a pain in the ass. You also have the occasional homeless person sleeping in a chair. My suggestion? Borrow the things you need and work/read somewhere else.
  • Great place and very accessible! However, there are 3 elevators, mostly used by lazy people, in practically constant use, making constant noise in most of the library (they had the ingenuity of putting them in the centre of the library), making reading quietly impossible in most of the library, really defeating a main purpose of a library. Either listen to music or walk far away from the elevators. They have many chairs and desk available -- you can still hear the noise, but it's less loud. The constant noise of the elevators is really a turn off for me, though. Why are people so lazy?? And why do they need THREE elevators, one somewhere discrete would've been well enough! And the door rings twice each time it opens, for even more noise! Because of this, I don't go study at this library, except when other, more quiet libraries are closed (like during the summer). Grande Bibliothèque maintains its long hours throughout the year. But, it is closed on Mondays (why??). Another annoyance: they make a global announcement about the children's place closing (why not just make the announcement there instead of throughout the whole library?). Also, on their online database, if it says a book is available, don't count on that, especially if it's a popular book! Books that not at their location (lost) are marked as available! So don't go expecting your book will be there! Incredible architecture, and beautiful place, but with serious fundamental flaws.
  • The good: This place is really great to study they have a lot of resources and reading material. They have desks, comfortable seating places and even space for watching movies in the 4th floor. Located in the downtown area there are plenty of cafes and restaurants around. The bad: Their costumer service is very unprofessional and easy to snap at you with rude remarks. I was inquiring for printing and photocopies and the clerk laughed at me saying they were not a printing house. I didnt understand why they were charging a few fees for late return and upon asking I met with staff that gave me attitude. I paid the fees since I did bring the material late yet dealing woth their costumer service was not a pleasure. Lastly on this note they really dont have a lot of english material, they have more french which is okay for me. The ugly: lots of homeless people or people that seem to be anyway. Watch out for your stuff.
  • Aside from the few rude security guards and few aggressive people, it THE library for everyone to go and have a good time reading, listening to music and watching movies. I've been a member since 2012 and I only go there now for my book borrowing. At first I wasn't sure if it was expensive to join or if I had to live downtown in order to join, once learning that they except anyone regardless of municipal heresay I was overjoyed and surprised. So many items and they keep improving and adding more features and services each and every year to make the members more happier. They sell items during the Summer outside til Fall and have the once-a-season merchandising sale. Its truly one of the best places ever built in this city and am very thankful and happy it exist.