Quebec National Library

  • Client

    Government of Quebec
  • Location

    475 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 5C4, Canada
  • Year

  • Collaboration

    Patkau, Croft Pelletier*, Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés, in consortium (*now Lemay)
  • Discipline(s)

Quebec National Library

Designing the province of Quebec’s largest cultural institution was not only a privilege, but an incredible opportunity to create a civic landmark in the urban landscape of Montreal. With over 2.5 million visitors per year, the Quebec National Library by Lemay is both a knowledge centre and a cultural hub.

Integrating exhibit space, an auditorium, a conference centre, meeting rooms, catering facilities, bookstores, a public lobby and a café, it is the largest public library in the French-speaking world. From esthetics to functionality, the library perfectly weaves the rich history, identity and literature of Quebec into a cohesive and representative design.

Awards and mentions

Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (IIT)
Medal Recipient
Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
Award Recipient
AIA/ALA Library Buildings Award