Library of the National Assembly of Quebec
Library of the National Assembly was established in 1802 to serve the
Members and Legislative Councillors of the House of Assembly of Lower
Canada, which first convened in 1792. During the decade preceding the
establishment of the Assembly Library, the library of Quebec City served
as the library for the Assembly.
of key figures served as director of the Library, including Étienne
Parent (1833–1835), Alpheus Todd (1850–1867), Pamphile LeMay
(1867–1892), Narcisse-Eutrope Dionne (1892–1912) and Jean-Charles
experienced many difficulties over the years. Between 1840 and 1865,
it was moved to successive capital cities; fire destroyed its collections
in 1849, 1854 and 1883; and, in 1867, its collections were divided between
the Parliament of Canada and the Legislative Assembly of Quebec.
of the National Assembly is currently located in the Pamphile-LeMay
Building, beside the National Assembly Building. It is the national
repository for all types of documents, including reference material,
studies, current events, archival records and so on. A wealth of information
created by its services is available on the National Assembly’s
comprises the following divisions: reference and research, reception
and circulation, periodicals and newspapers, press clippings, records
management, archives and heritage assets, processing, acquisitions and
collection development, indexing and publication of the reconstituted
debates. The Library also has a division that is responsible for information
technology and systems, and another that oversees special programs.
of the National Assembly is a specialized library with a focus on the
social sciences, political science, economics, law, geography and history.
The Library has an extensive collection of Quebec and federal government
publications, and national and local newspapers. Its press clipping
division compiles printed and digital thematic news files. The Library
also has a large collection of Quebec and Canadian pamphlets. It manages
the archives of the Assembly and of former MNAs.
was automated thirty years ago. It shares the resources of an automated
cataloguing system with close to 40 other government libraries. This
allows the Library of the National Assembly to more easily access the
collections of the other libraries.
of the National Assembly of Quebec has a staff of 85 permanent and temporary
employees, about 40 of whom are professionals or managers. It has an
annual budget of approximately $5.3 million.
serves Members of the National Assembly and their staff, agencies under
the Assembly’s jurisdiction and the officers of the National Assembly.
These are the Library’s priority clients and they are entitled
to all the services it offers. Members of the public may consult the
Library’s holdings on site and use its audiovisual and computerized
equipment. The Library also hosts various cultural activities, including
political book days, book launches and exhibits.
of the National Assembly
Pamphile-Le May Building
Quebec City, QC G1A 1A3
PH: 418 644-6407
Web site: www.assnat.qc.ca/en/bibliotheque/index.html
Legislative Assembly website: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/index.html