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Inside and out, Montreal’s Bibliothèque du Boisé looks – and feels – radically different from most public libraries. That’s because lending books is just one part of a larger mandate. 

Its design needed to reflect revolutionary changes in the way we store and consume information. Its location was fragile and unique. (…) Once described as “the greenest library in Canada,” the Boisé Library was the first to earn LEED-Platinum environmental certification (the highest level). 

A passive heating system and geothermal energy make for tremendous energy savings. It has certified wood and low-emission materials, as well as recycled and local materials. Among other innovations, its flowerbed is a rainwater retention garden and its large glass column is a heat exchanger. 

Weaving together the park and the city, the Boisé Library invites all to explore it, inside and out. It reinvents the traditional library as a lively place for gathering, exchange, learning and discovery. A true community destination! [1]


Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Awards of Excellence: Green Building, 2017
Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal, Green parking certification, 2017
Corportate Knight Magazine, LEED Platine, 2016
Canadian Green Building Award, Winner, 2014
International VMZinc Award, Winner in Green Building, 2014
Awards of Excellence in Steel Construction (CISC), Winner in Green Building Project, 2013


[1]      “Du Boisé Library: LEMAY – Architecture and Design.” LEMAY, June 17, 2021. https://lemay.com/projects/bibliotheque-du-boise/.

Additional information:

Aguilar, Cristian. “The Bibliothèque Du Boisé .” ArchDaily. ArchDaily, December 11, 2014. https://www.archdaily.com/574698/the-bibliotheque-du-boise-lemay.

“Bibliothèque Du Boisé.” Architect, December 18, 2015. https://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/bibliotheque-du-boise_o.

“Bibliothèque Du Boisé.” Architizer, August 6, 2015. https://architizer.com/projects/bibliotheque-du-boise-2/.

“Bibliothèque Du Boisé.” Bienvenue sur Montréal.ca. Ville de Montréal. Accessed July 8, 2021. https://montreal.ca/en/places/bibliotheque-du-boise.

“Bibliothèque Du Boisé.” urbanNext, November 28, 2017. https://urbannext.net/bibliotheque-du-boise/.

“Home: LEMAY – Architecture and Design.” LEMAY, June 30, 2021. https://lemay.com/.

Montréal, Images. “Bibliothèque Du Boisé.” Bibliothèque du Boisé – Montréal. Accessed July 8, 2021. https://imtl.org/image.php?id=8313.

Welch, Adrian, and Isabelle Lomholt. “Boise Library in Montreal Building – e-Architect.” e, July 5, 2020. https://www.e-architect.com/montreal/boise-library-in-montreal.

Project Title: Bibliothèque du Boisé
Artists:  Lemay
Year: 2015

Place: Montréal, Québec

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