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.
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
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