A Cultural Hub for Learning and Innovation
Engaging. Exciting. Alive with activity. The greatest civic project since the 1988 Olympics. The new Central Library is the beginning of a new chapter in Calgary’s history.
Since opening day on November 1, 2018 the Calgary Public Library has seen a surge in use. The new Central Library welcomed 868,000 visits in the first 6 months, and 30,000 new members in the same time frame.
Snøhetta and DIALOG formed the design team for the project. The final design was inspired by chinook clouds and snow drifts. They worked with local manufacturer Ferguson Corporation to create the iconic windows. These unique shapes let in different amounts of light, shaping the experience within. They also contribute to the Central Library’s LEED Gold status.
Today, the exterior of the building has a distinct identity in the minds and hearts of Calgarians. Inside, there’s a space for everyone to realize their potential.
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
Jocelyn Louise Anderson Children’s Library
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 North America 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