Charitable Gift Guide

This year, buy your loved ones a gift that supports the Library they love—no wrapping required!

Your generosity can change lives. This holiday season, put a gift underneath the tree that will support your community all year long. From gifts that support Library Collections, to Early Learning, and Digital Resources, there is something for everyone on your list.


Donate online today and send a free e-card to a loved one letting them know you have made a gift in their honour. Choose “In Honour Of” when you make the donation.

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There are currently more than 90,000 children under the age of five living in Calgary. Reading and being read to as a young child is vital to early development. This holiday season, purchase a book to be enjoyed by our city’s youngest bookworms.

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The best gift of all is time spent with loved ones. Help families across Calgary enjoy valuable time together, as they participate in Early Learning programs at the Calgary Public Library. Fund Drop-in Family Storytime, Busy Bookworms or Baby Rhyme Time.

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Team Up with Teens

$25 to $100

Teens are spending time at the Library in record numbers. This holiday season, support young people in our city with a gift for Teen Services at the Calgary Public Library. Provide safe spaces for teens to learn, socialize, and prepare for life after high school.

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Calgary Public Library members love their eBooks and audiobooks – in 2018, 1.8 million digital titles were checked out from our eLibrary.  Support digital collections at the Library with a gift that will purchase an eBook or audiobook.

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This holiday season, help bring the joy of reading to people across Calgary. Support the Collections Department at the Calgary Public Library with the purchase of a new Adult book. Calgarians checked out nearly 1.4 million collection items in 2018.

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Stock a Shelf

$500 to $1,000

Provide the gift of reading…to the whole community! This gift to the Calgary Public Library’s Collection department provides enough collection items to stock shelves across the city, helping to alleviate hold item waiting times in our busy system.

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The Book Truck is a mobile public library that brings books, movies, programs, and Library services to the community and gets people of all ages excited about reading. Your gift pays for one Book Truck Outreach visit in 2020, bringing the joy of reading to your neighbours across the city.

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This holiday season, support the Calgary Public Library where funds are needed most. You pick your gift amount and we will ensure that it supports areas in the Library that are most in need. You can dedicate your gift in honour of a loved one and send them an eCard to let them know—no wrapping required!

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Bill Ptacek (1950-2019) was a visionary who pushed libraries to evolve and respond to community needs. During Bill’s tenure as CEO of the Calgary Public Library, he was a champion of new and radical ideas. Gifts to the Bill Ptacek Fund for Innovation support projects that honour his adventurous spirit.

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