After four and a half years of construction, Calgary’s new Central Library officially opens in East Village on November 1.
Spanning 240,000-square-feet, the new Central Library establishes itself as an architectural marvel before you even step inside. The building was built over an active LRT line, which took almost a year and a half to encapsulate at the beginning of construction. Then there’s its curved, ship-like shape, which is covered in nearly 500 hexagonal panels and is accented by features like a beautiful western red cedar archway and three outdoor public art sculptures.
Bookworms will find plenty to love inside the new building too, like the 12,000-square-foot children’s library on the first floor, the beautiful fourth floor reading room and the library’s collection of nearly half a million items. But the space also goes far beyond what you might expect of a library — the new Central Library features free recording and production studios for audio and video projects, a performance hall, 30 meetings rooms that can be booked for free, several pieces of public art, a cafe, a restaurant, lots of free programming and more.
Check out the new Central Library in all its glory during the grand opening celebration on November 1 or swing by for some of the special programming taking place over opening weekend. On November 3, you can even take advantage of free public transit to get there. You can also learn more about the library in general and/or the new building’s architecture on one of the opening week tours.
Central Library, 800 3 St. S.E., calgarylibrary.ca
Take a look inside the new Central Library