Saul-Bellow Library takes a great leap into the future


Saul-Bellow Library was named in honor of this author born in Lachine in 1915. To match its success and its growing number of users, the Saul-Bellow Library, in Lachine, has undergone extensive renovations and expansion. The work was entrusted to the Chevalier Morales architectural firm.

In addition to bright, friendly and comfortable spaces, and an array of hi-tech technology, the new Saul-Bellow Library features a particularly innovative design.

A public artwork, Yannick Pouliot’s Perte de signal, has also been added to the library, based on his contest-winning proposal. Inspired by the industrial tie-beams that are part of Lachine’s architectural heritage, the artist has pixelated, deconstructed and transposed their form onto the main building.

With a diverse program of activities for a wide audience, the library is an ideal place for meetings, creative projects and discussions. It is highly valued by visitors and neighborhood residents as “a place where the generations cross paths” says one of the chief librarians. The new spokeswoman for the library is Kim Thúy, a highly regarded novelist.

Contemporary and functional, the new Saul-Bellow Library is sure to inspire pride among Montréalers, both young and old!