BAnQ - Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montreal

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4.6/5 based on 40+ 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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  • It has wonderful architecture, and expansive database to retrieve information and plenty of study space, but it is probably the worst place in the world to study because everything echoes throughout t...  read more »
  • I go there often for work because it's really calm, beautiful and spacious, I love to go there
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  • We have been there for the exhibition of Robert Lepage's adaptation of Alberto Manguel's "La Bibliothèque, La Nuit", an outstanding piece of very enjoyable work. After the show, we stayed on at the li...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to study! Free membership for resident of the Montreal Island. Free Wifi, Free outlets, print or photocopy (0,15$ per pages). It is also possible to use one of the many workstation available. Also possible to use the meeting rooms for free for your study groups (up to 12 seats), just need to reserve the room.
  • Got fleas and Bed Bugs. This used to be my favorite place to visit. Now its over run with homeless people. They bring fleas & bedsbugs with them while siting on the comfy chairs. I got 20 bites in the 10 minutes I sat there.
  • I love this library, fast wifi, lots of archives, good books to borrow or read and many floors and desks for studying. Absolutely well kept and great resource for all Montreal denizens.
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