New Central Library

Calgary’s Most Anticipated Cultural Landmark

A Cultural Hub for Learning and Innovation

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.

Founding Partners

Before the new Central Library came to life, a number of forward-thinking Calgarians and corporations stepped up to activate the space in the fully-funded building and to support our vision to create the best public library in the world. Many of them are recognized below and within the landmark building.

Transformational Experiences on Every Level


BMO Financial Group Community Room

Michael Green Green Room


Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall


The Moms’ Stairway

Maureen Proctor Reading Nook


The Millar Family Learning and Discovery Room

Terentiuk Space for Adult Learning


The Norrep Foundation Tech Connect Studio

CNOOC Nexen Digital Commons

Field Law Meeting Room

Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Business Library


Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room

Cenovus Classroom

TD Great Reading Room

Print(ed) Word Exhibit, supported by the J K L MacLachlan Family Fund

Calgary’s Story, presented by Walt & Irene DeBoni

William & Harris Shared History Centre

Julia Turnbull Terrace