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BAnQ's name

The name
There are two parts to the official French name of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec – Bibliothèque and Archives –, so the institution's name, like Library and Archives Canada, is never preceded by the definite article “the”.

Example:
“Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec is hosting a talk at the Grande Bibliothèque.”

The initialism (or acronym)

The initialism for Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec is BAnQ. Each letter must be pronounced separately rather than grouping them together into a word. The initialism is never preceded by the definite article “the. Note the lowercase “n”.

Example:
“Suggested readings can be found on BAnQ’s website.”


BAnQ facilities
Here are the names of the 12 BAnQ facilities open to the public:

National Archives in Gaspé
National Archives in Gatineau
National Archives in Montréal
National Archives in Quebec City
National Archives in Rimouski
National Archives in Rouyn-Noranda
National Archives in Saguenay
National Archives in Sept-Îles
National Archives in Sherbrooke
National Archives in Trois-Rivières

National Library (in Rosemont)

Grande Bibliothèque

Examples:
“Patrons go to the Grande Bibliothèque to borrow books.” (They cannot “go to BAnQ”. BAnQ is an institution not a place.)
“The National Archives in Gaspé will be closed from January 1 to 3 inclusive.”
“One copy is kept at the National Library (in Rosemont); the other one is made available to the public at the National Library (at the Grande Bibliothèque).”
“Located on the Université Laval campus, the National Archives in Quebec City are part of the network of 10 archives centres located throughout the province of Québec.”