New Central Library

Calgary’s Newest Cultural Hub

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.

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


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

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