The 5 Most Beautiful Libraries in Montreal to Discover


Libraries are not the tourist attraction we think of first. However, Montreal is full of beautiful libraries in how you can go to read, study, borrow books or even visit it. Bringing together numerous works and offering a sometimes atypical architecture, the libraries of Montreal are not to be left out. And what could be better than borrowing a book to read it in a park? Here are the 5 most beautiful libraries in Montreal.

1- Westmount Public Library

Existing since 1899 brings together more than 170,000 books, films and heterogeneous documents. It is one of the oldest public libraries in Quebec. This 19th century red brick building has grown over the years to provide a library for children resembling a doll’s house.


4574 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G1

Bibliothèque publique de Westmount

2- BAnQ, Library and National Archives of Quebec

With its 33,000 square meters, it makes it the largest library in Quebec. Inspired by Quebec culture, this library contains more than 3.5 million documents. It’s not just a question of books, you can also borrow video games, 33 rpm and even you will have access to museum passes.


75 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 5C4

Grande Bibliothèque, Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec

3- Maisonneuve Library

This building was originally the town hall of the former municipality of Maisonneuve. This library opened about 40 years ago and is perfect for children. It includes hours of storytelling, educational games and many other dedicated activities for the youngest. For older children, the library offers information sessions on various subjects.


4120 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1J9

Bibliothèque Maisonneuve

4- Library of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1882, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts houses the oldest library in Canada. This library contains many major pieces of Canadian history. Although these 10,000 cards on Canadian creators and the 68,000 auction catalogs are not available in physical version, you can find them in electronic format.


1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal (Québec), H3G 1J5

Bibliothèque du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

5- BAnQ Old Montreal

This library, much appreciated by historians and bibliophiles, brings together more than 15,000 reference works, 100 periodicals and 20,000 microfiches, some of which date from the 17th century. Its Beaux-Arts style architecture will leave you speechless and offer magnificent shots for photography enthusiasts.


535 Avenue Viger E, Montréal, QC H2L 2P3

BAnQ Vieux-Montréal

To finish…

Here are 5 beautiful, large and all as different as the other libraries that you can find in Montreal. Do you choose a book to go read it in a park, or participate in an activity in one of them.

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