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

Research assistance

Staff at the National Library and the National Archives nationales 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

Users may view archives holdings and heritage collection materials. However, they must make a reservation to do so, and spots are limited.

If you are unable to book an appointment by email, call us at 514 873-1100 or 1 800 363-9028.


NATIONAL COLLECTION (Grande Bibliothèque)

  • Users can reserve a 3-hour time slot, Tuesday through Saturday, from either 10 am to 1 pm or from 2 pm to 5 pm. The same person can reserve 2 three-hour time slots in the same day.
  • Book an appointment (online appointment interface available in French only)



  • Monday through Friday; opening hours vary by centre.


Please send us an email, one week before your preferred date, with the following information:

  • your full name;
  • your subscriber’s number (for viewing microfilm reels);
  • your telephone number;
  • the preferred date and time for your visit.

Note that we may have to restrict the total number of documents you can view. Users may not view materials that can be accessed online.

Book an appointment at one of the archives centres: contact the centre directly.

The facility will contact you by email as soon as possible, and an appointment may be scheduled, depending on the facility's capacity.

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

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


The BAnQ Vieux-Montréal archives centre reading room, [undated]. Photo: Alain Michon.


The BAnQ Québec archives centre reading room, [undated]. Photo: Bernard Fougères.