The Library Foundation was created in 1999 to provide an opportunity for individuals, businesses and foundations to participate in building a library system for today and future generations.
More than a century ago, Annie Davidson and founding members of the Calgary Women’s Literacy Club stirred our city to action and secured the public and financial support to build the first library. They saw the library as an investment for their families and generations of Calgarians that would follow. Andrew Carnegie’s donation of $80,000 in 1908 helped to build this library and lives as a legacy of one of Calgary’s first large philanthropic gifts.
The Calgary Public Library Foundation is proud of these entrepreneurial roots and we are pleased to carry on this work today. Funds raised by the Foundation do not replace the Library’s core funding, but enhance collections, programs and services. Through the generosity of our donors, we can help ensure that knowledge, information, programs and services are accessible to all Calgarians.
“Volunteering is a commitment. Making a difference is what keeps me going.”
For two years, Myles Waito has been generously devoting his time to the Calgary Public Library Foundation with the mantra “make it work.”
Myles believes that a donation at any level supports the promotion of literacy and encourages others to consider donating by learning about the options available.
The City of Calgary
The City of Calgary provides core funding for the Library, and is a key partner for the New Central Library. Its support and longstanding bipartisan vision of the role of libraries in civic life makes the project possible—and enables the Library to improve the lives of Calgarians.
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is one of three highly-engaged and committed partners collaborating to deliver a landmark New Central Library that will serve Calgarians for generations to come.
Board of Directors
The Library Foundation Board of Directors is a group of people committed to building a library system for future generations. Diverse individuals with unique skill sets, the Board provides regular direction, guidance and oversight to the Library Foundation.
Calgary Public Library
The Calgary Public Library is one of the largest public library systems in North America and the second largest public library system in Canada. With a network of 18 community libraries, it leads the way in literacy development and fostering a lifelong love of reading for all Calgarians.