Documentation centre

  • General information
  • Research requests
  • Donations policy

General information

Heritage Montreal’s Documentation Centre focuses on the architectural and natural heritage of the greater Montreal area, as well as its history and urban development planning. The Centre offers a collection of over 5000 monographs, periodicals and newspaper clippings and is used by a diverse clientele, which includes professionals, students and citizens, passionate about Montreal’s broad depth of heritage.

Research requests

The Documentation Centre welcomes research requests from academic and professional researchers well as from the public at large. It is open by appointment to all of those who wish to consult our documents for research purposes.

To submit a research request to the Documentation Centre, please send us your inquiry by email. Please specify your name and contact details, as well as a detailed outline of your research topic.

Research requests are usually handled within a maximum delay of 5 working days. Results will be transmitted to you by email after which it is then possible to make an appointment to consult documents at our centre.

We ask that researchers comply with the following Documentation Centre policies.

  • Only the Documentation Centre personnel can provide access to documents – researchers do not have unrestricted access to the documents.
  • It is forbidden to write on or to fold the documents.
  • Drinking, eating and smoking are not allowed inside the Documentation Centre.
  • Heritage Montreal’s Documentation Centre offers photocopying services. There is a fee of 20¢ per individual copy (black and white).
  • Only Heritage Montreal personnel photocopy material.
  • Documentation photocopies are provided to users strictly for research purposes only.
  •  The reproduction of a document in its entirety is forbidden.
  • Our opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Donations policy

Heritage Montreal encourages the donation of documents as an essential acquisition method for enhancing the Documentation Centre’s collection. The Centre accepts donations of books, periodicals and reference works in good condition that will complement the collection. Works should focus mainly on the Greater Montreal region, and preferred subject areas are as follows:

  • Architecture
  • Land use planning and urban design
  • Construction and renovation
  • Cultural development
  • History
  • Heritage

Please note that the Documentation Centre does not accept unscheduled donations, and reserves the right to reject any donation that it deems counter to Heritage Montreal’s acquisitions policy.

For any information regarding donations to the Documentation Centre, please contact us at :

100, rue Sherbrooke Est, Suite 0500
Montréal (Québec) H2X 1C3
514 286-2662, ext. 21