For its new Central Library, the City of Calgary has chosen a prime location: one block east of City Hall in the burgeoning cultural hotspot called East Village. There, the Library will serve Calgary’s growing population, the 120,000+ workers who travel downtown every day, and over 45,000 students attending educational institutions in Calgary.
Providing approximately 286,000 sq ft of usable library space – 66% more than the existing downtown library, which was built in two phases in 1963 and 1974 – the new Central Library will be a multi-faceted family destination and gathering place with a physical collection of approximately 600,000 books, special programs and spaces for children and teens, a technology commons and laboratory for innovation, a centre that supports inclusive community integration and advancement through skills development, and much more.
A place that opens doors and opens minds to potential and opportunity, and a space for people to think, dream, explore and become, the new Central Library Project’s vision is - To Inspire All.
Construction is expected to start in 2014, and the new Central Library is expected to open by 2018.