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Windows of Opportunity

Add your name to the New Central Library

Engaging. Exciting. Alive with activity. The greatest civic project since the 1988 Olympics, the New Central Library will start a new chapter in Calgary’s history and affirm our city’s place on the world stage.


Snøhetta and DIALOG, the prime design team for the project, carefully considered how the New Central Library’s façade would redefine its identity while also acting as the public’s first significant encounter with the library.


The final iconic design was inspired by snow drifts and chinook cloud clearings. The 485 exterior panels were fabricated by Ferguson Corporation, a Calgary-based manufacturer. The panels are uniquely shaped to bring different levels of light into the building, attracting the public inside and contributing to the New Central Library’s LEED Gold status.


Our city has been eagerly anticipating the opening of the New Central Library. Now is your window of opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary civic project.


Buy a New Central Library Window and support life-changing programs and services across Calgary.

Purchase a New Central Library Window

Certificate of Appreciation

In acknowledgement of the investment you are making in the New Central Library and our city, you will receive a downloadable certificate that can be printed and framed.


Any name or group can be listed on the certificate – simply include the desired name when prompted with the “certificate name” at checkout.

Limited Edition Architectural Sketch

Individual and Generational Windows purchasers will also receive one of 1,000 Limited Edition Prints featuring a sketch of the New Central Library by Craig Dykers, lead architect and founding partner of Snøhetta.


Snøhetta is one of the world’s most sought-after architecture firms and was named the 2016 Architecture Innovator of the Year by Wall Street Journal. They place experience at the heart of their process, and have gained national recognition from projects such as the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Ryerson University Library.


Location and Logistics

Why are the names only on the windows for a limited time?

The high-quality vinyl that will be used for the names has a lifespan of ten years; Generational Windows will be replaced to ensure that they last 25 years, or a generation.


Will my name/phrase/quote appear on the window glass?

Permanently etching or marking the windows would interfere with the ceramic frit, which helps reduce solar heat gain and contributes to the building’s LEED Gold Status. Installing the messages on the mullion (window frame), allows us to retain the integrity of the windows.


Can I choose where my window is located?

Window selection based on floor or orientation is only available with the purchase of a Generational Window.


Can my name be placed near my friend/family member’s name?

We cannot guarantee placement requests, however, we recommend that you purchase your windows (at the $100 and $2018 levels) at the same time to increase the likelihood of your messages being near each other.


How will I be able to find my window?

Generational and Individual window purchasers will be notified of their window locations prior to the opening of the New Central Library. When the New Central Library opens in 2018, we encourage Group Window purchasers to come and find their messages on the large, rectangular windows on the main floor of the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery.


Do I have to use all 35/100/200 characters?

No, that is just the maximum number of characters available to you.


Can I add something other than my name?

  • Yes, you can choose a name, the name of someone special to you, a quotation, or other wording using a QWERTY keyboard (you may use other languages – see below).
  • We are unable to offer a choice of font, bolding and italics.
  • Line breaks for individual and generational windows will be selected at our discretion prior to installation.
  • Profanity, offensive language, emoji’s or marketing (i.e. phone numbers and websites) cannot be used.


Can I add multiple names?

As long as you stay within the character limit for your window, you can use multiple names.


Can I provide a message in another language?

Yes, but please ensure the message you submit is accurate. It will be checked to ensure that there is no profanity or offensive language.


Can the “name on certificate” and “inscription for window” be the same?

Yes, you can make the name and inscription exactly the same if you want to. Please add the same information to both fields when you are at the checkout.

Please note that the “Name on Certificate” field will not appear on the window.

We anticipate some people will use the Certificate to present to someone as a gift so they know that their inscription will appear in the New Central Library when it opens in November 2018.

Gift and Group Windows

Can I buy a window for someone else as a gift?  Or in honour of or in memory of a loved one?  

Yes! We hope that many Calgarians will think of making a donation to the Library as a gift for Christmas, birthdays, or any other special occasion. The “purchaser” (donor) will receive the tax receipt, and you can give the Certificate to the person being honoured.


Can I purchase a window with others?

Yes. You can have one person coordinate and purchase the window (in which case, the tax receipt will be issued in their name) or the Library Foundation can set up a group donation page for Personal and Generational windows. Contact us at 403-221-2002.


What is the Windows of Opportunity Campaign? 

The Windows of Opportunity Campaign is an initiative from the Calgary Public Library Foundation that will allow Calgarians to leave their mark in the New Central Library by purchasing a window.


Why are you fundraising for the New Central Library? Isn’t it completely funded?

While the New Central Library building is paid for, the Library Foundation is fundraising to activate the inside of the landmark building and support the entire Calgary Public Library system. Your support will help to ensure critical programs and services continue to serve Calgarians, and new innovative ideas can be tested and trialled.


Why are there three different levels?

To ensure that this fundraising is accessible for most, we are offering windows at three different levels:

  • $100 Group Window – The donor receives up to 35 characters (including spaces) that will be placed with others on a rectangular window in the Welcome Gallery (1st floor) of the New Central Library for 10 years.
  • $2018 Personal Window – The donor receives up to 100 characters (including spaces) that will be placed on an individual geometric window for 10 years.
  • $5000 Generational Window – The donor receives up to 200 characters (including spaces) split across two panels of a geometric window for 25 years.


Why isn’t there a donation level between $100 and $2018?

We do have a number of people who are choosing to make donations between the $100 and $2018 level by purchasing multiple $100 lines of 35 characters.

As there are a limited number of geometrically shaped windows on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor of the library and the inscriptions on them will be limited to the purchaser with no other donors’ inscriptions appearing, the donation level is significantly higher.  At this level of gift, the donor will also receive a limited edition architectural print.

The $100 inscriptions will appear in the large, rectangular windows on the main floor in the Welcome Gallery and there will be multiple inscriptions on each window.  If you choose to purchase more than one inscription at $100 each, we will try to have those inscriptions run together on the group rectangular windows.  A tax receipt will be issued for the full amount donated.


How much will I get a tax receipt for?

Your tax receipt will be issued in the full amount of your donation.


How do I find out more?

Please call 403-221-2002.