Arts lovers, are you climbing the walls as we shelter in place? Let the arts come to you! From digital books to exhibitions and public art, there’s something for everyone. Check out this selection of free arts and culture to enjoy from your living room. Head over to your keyboards!
Download thousands of books free of charge
Montréal’s libraries have made more than 52,000 books, thousands of books and newspapers from around the world, and online courses available to you free of charge.
Whether you love reading the classics, detective novels, historical novels, comics, poetry or cookbooks, there’s plenty to choose from!
Get a temporary membership online
If you’re not a member of Montréal’s libraries, join now! Sign up online to get access to digital resources while you shelter at home. Memberships are for Montréal residents only.
Top picks for readers who are looking for something new
Have you heard of Les Irrésistibles? This French-language reading club offered by Montréal’s libraries can introduce you to lots of great things to read. With its weekly newsletter (in French) and a Web site with thousands of top picks, it’s a gold mine for readers looking for great French books to discover.
Discovering Montréal’s bygone neighbourhoods
From 1950 to 1970, Montréal underwent a great upheaval. Three neighbourhoods disappeared, partially or completely: the Red Light District, the Faubourg à m’lasse and Goose Village. This forced modernization meant 10,000 Montrealers were expropriated from these three neighbourhoods.
Watch testimonials from experts and former residents of these bygone neighbourhoods, who tell us about their neighbourhoods and the era itself.
Take a 360° virtual tour of the “Bygone Neighbourhoods” exhibition at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal.
Public art comes to your home
Montréal’s collection of public art, including sculptures, monuments and installations, features more than 350 works.
View works in the collection from home