Temple of knowledge


The Grande Bibliothèque celebrates 10 years in operation.

Two million books. Seven thousand visitors per day. More than 360,000 members. The Grande Bibliothèque is truly a beacon for culture and knowledge in the city, one that has shone brightly since the doors first opened in 2005.

The Grande Bibliothèque also serves as a central library for Montréal residents and the city’s municipal libraries. Befitting its era, the Grande Bibliothèque is fully at home in the digital age. Its Web portal gives members access to 270 different databases, 100,000 digital books that are available for borrowing, and nearly 13 million documents with important heritage value.

Exhibitions, conferences, workshops and shows for young people continue to draw a large and loyal audience to the library. For its tenth anniversary, it welcomed Gilbert Turp as writer in residence, assigning him the project of writingthe diary of the Grande Bibliothèque. The library also organized a special exhibition and performance entitled The Library at Night, a collaboration with Ex Machina / Robert Lepage and the writer Alberto Manguel.

In the space of ten years, the Grande Bibliothèque has found a place in the life of the city, on the Web, and in the hearts of Montréalers, fulfilling its role as a hub of knowledge and cultural expression.