The Grande Bibliotheque is the largest library in the French-speaking world. It was built between 2001 and 2005 and cost nearly $100 million. The five-story building is a magnificent example of modern architecture. The façade consists of copper strips in front of massive panes of glass. In addition to the books, the library is home to a sculpture garden and several interesting murals.
There are more than four million volumes contained within the Grande Bibliotheque. Most are in French – about thirty percent are in English. One million of them are from Quebec’s archives. Most of the rest are from the Montreal library system’s collection. The library often plays host to literary shows, conferences, and lectures. Check the website to see if there’s anything that might be of interest.
This is the place to go if you want to unwind with a book. Bibliophiles will not want to miss this place.
Address: 475 Boulevard de Maisonneuve East, Montreal
Telephone: (514) 873 1100
Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday 10:00-22:00; Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:00
Admission: Free admission.