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The National Circus School Library was founded in 2004. With more than 22,000 documents in French, English and other languages, it constitutes one of the largest documentary collections on contemporary circus arts in America. This exceptional venue for dissemination and research offers the public and the circus community privileged access to the culture and history of circus arts in Canada and elsewhere.

Services

Membership
Annual membership fees
Document loan
Online Catalog

A Library membership allows you to take advantage of a multitude of on-site services as well as the online catalog:

  • Document loan and renewal
  • Personalized reference and documentary research service
  • Mediation sessions on the history of circus arts and its current practice
  • Videogram viewing stations
  • Guided tours of the Library for groups
  • Reservation of viewing and meeting rooms for groups
  • Conferences and meetings with circus artists and historians
  • Reprography services

Although on-site consultation is free, borrowing documents and accessing other Library services requires a membership.

To subscribe, you must make an appointment, then come to the Library. Membership payment is accepted in cash only. Photo ID and proof of residence with address are required upon registration.

Membership payment for companies must be made by check.

MEMBERSHIP SERVICE FEE
NCS students and employees 3 books for 21 days Free
External students, NCS graduates and En Piste* members 3 books for 21 days $25
Individual 5 books for 21 days $40
Corporate 15 books for 21 days $100

* Presentation of a membership card from the En Piste group or of a valid student card allows you to benefit from a membership reduced rate.

Only Library subscribers can borrow documents.

 

LOAN RENEWAL

 

OVERDUE DOCUMENTS LOST OR DAMAGED DOCUMENTS
It is possible to renew, in person, by email or by telephone, a book loan for a period of 21 days and a DVD loan for one week, unless the document in question has been reserved by another person. A $0.25 fee per day late will be charged, up to a maximum of $20.00 per document. The person responsible for the loan must assume the cost of replacing or repairing any lost or damaged document, as well as the related $25 administration fee. The person must also pay the fine due on the document date of return, if applicable.

Through an interface available in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese, the online catalog provides access to nearly 22,000 bibliographic records of different types of documents: books, theses and dissertations, photographs, archives, recordings and show programs, periodicals, documentary files of artists and circus companies, posters, soundtracks, etc.

It also provides access to more than 2,200 free digital documents, including periodical articles, guides, dissertations and theses on a variety of subjects related to the circus arts, as well as a large selection of thematic bibliographies.

The catalog allows you to search by discipline and therefore access tables of contents and abstracts.

Membership

A Library membership allows you to take advantage of a multitude of on-site services as well as the online catalog:

  • Document loan and renewal
  • Personalized reference and documentary research service
  • Mediation sessions on the history of circus arts and its current practice
  • Videogram viewing stations
  • Guided tours of the Library for groups
  • Reservation of viewing and meeting rooms for groups
  • Conferences and meetings with circus artists and historians
  • Reprography services

Although on-site consultation is free, borrowing documents and accessing other Library services requires a membership.

To subscribe, you must make an appointment, then come to the Library. Membership payment is accepted in cash only. Photo ID and proof of residence with address are required upon registration.

Membership payment for companies must be made by check.

Annual membership fees

MEMBERSHIP SERVICE FEE
NCS students and employees 3 books for 21 days Free
External students, NCS graduates and En Piste* members 3 books for 21 days $25
Individual 5 books for 21 days $40
Corporate 15 books for 21 days $100

* Presentation of a membership card from the En Piste group or of a valid student card allows you to benefit from a membership reduced rate.

Document loan

Only Library subscribers can borrow documents.

 

LOAN RENEWAL

 

OVERDUE DOCUMENTS LOST OR DAMAGED DOCUMENTS
It is possible to renew, in person, by email or by telephone, a book loan for a period of 21 days and a DVD loan for one week, unless the document in question has been reserved by another person. A $0.25 fee per day late will be charged, up to a maximum of $20.00 per document. The person responsible for the loan must assume the cost of replacing or repairing any lost or damaged document, as well as the related $25 administration fee. The person must also pay the fine due on the document date of return, if applicable.

Online Catalog

Through an interface available in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese, the online catalog provides access to nearly 22,000 bibliographic records of different types of documents: books, theses and dissertations, photographs, archives, recordings and show programs, periodicals, documentary files of artists and circus companies, posters, soundtracks, etc.

It also provides access to more than 2,200 free digital documents, including periodical articles, guides, dissertations and theses on a variety of subjects related to the circus arts, as well as a large selection of thematic bibliographies.

The catalog allows you to search by discipline and therefore access tables of contents and abstracts.

Mission

 

The Library specializes in the acquisition and preservation of works, memoirs, magazines, periodicals, digital media and other reference documents related to the circus and performing arts. Its unique expertise in this field allows it to ensure the preservation, improvement and accessibility of Canada’s circus arts documentary heritage for the benefit of artists, circus industry specialists and the public.

Address

8181, avenue du Cirque, 5th floor
Montreal (Quebec)  H1Z 4N9

 

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: closed

The schedule may differ during certain times of the year, especially during the summer and the Holidays. It is recommended to verify the current schedule before visiting.

Contact

Anna-Karyna Barlati, Library Manager

[email protected]

Telephone: (514) 982-0859, ext. 230
Fax: (514 982-6025
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