Montreal libraries may not be at the top of a tourist’s to-do list, but there are more than a few worth bookmarking for your next trip. Settled into repurposed heritage buildings and deconsecrated churches, many of the city’s libraries are an open-book testimony to the architectural might and storied past of previous generations. Book lending may be in decline elsewhere, but attendance in la belle ville is on the rise, with Montréalers borrowing more than 10 million books a year to enjoy in Montreal parks or over a bottle at one of the city’s best wine bars. From a chapel-turned-reading room to hidden book havens, these are the best libraries to check out in Montréal.
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