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Archives holdings and heritage collections: research assistance and viewing materials on site

Research assistance

Staff of the National Archives and of the National Library are at your service to assist you in your research. Let us know what you want by filling out this form or by calling us. We will get back to you either by phone or videoconference as soon as possible to discuss your needs and how we can assist you with your research. While we must comply with the Copyright Act and any other restrictions, we may also be able to copy certain pages for you, if the materials that interest you are not available online.

 If your request pertains to a specific archives centre, you can also contact the centre directly.

 If your request pertains to published heritage materials, you can also email collectionspatrimoniales@banq.qc.ca.

Viewing materials on site

The National Collection at the Grande Bibliothèque and the National Archives centres are open, no appointment required. Users may book an appointment to view some of BAnQ’s heritage collection materials at the Québec National Library.


  • No reservations required. Opening hours vary by centre.

NATIONAL COLLECTION (at the Grande Bibliothèque)

  • No reservations required.

QUÉBEC NATIONAL LIBRARY (2275, rue Holt, Montréal)

  • Users can reserve 4-hour time slots, Tuesday through Friday, from 1 pm to 5 pm.
  • Book an appointment by emailing us at least two days in advance with a list of the materials you need: collectionspatrimoniales@banq.qc.ca.

La salle de consultation de la Collection nationale à la Grande Bibliothèque, 2005. Photo : Bernard Fougères.

The National Collection's reading room at the Grande Bibliothèque, 2005. Photo: Bernard Fougères.


The reading room at the Québec National Archives in Montréal, [undated]. Photo: Alain Michon.


The reading room at the Québec National Archives in Quebec City, [undated]. Photo: Bernard Fougères.