April 19, 2018

Quebec to Merge Three Libraries into Massive Super Center

By LJ Staff

In an unusual move, the city run Bibliotheque centrale de Montreal (essentially, the city’s central library) has been purchased by the Quebec provincial government and is being merged with the province’s Bibliotheque nationale du Quebec’s St. Sulspice and Aegidius Fauteux branches into a single $144 million CDN ($116 million USD) super library housed in the new Grande Bibliotheque. The three former building occupied by the facilities will close January 29. According to the Montreal Gazette, the merger involves every piece of each facility’s collection along with every staff member. Not only won’t the collections be winnowed, 350,000 books and 125,000 additional other items are being purchased. Bibliotheque national du Quebec spokesperson Patrice Juneau said that that the big move will be divided into four phases, which include labeling, packing, shipping, and reshelving. The new library is scheduled to open April 22.