Idea Lab


The Idea Lab, Central Library's new 5th floor studio space, is a place for Calgarians to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It's the ideal spot to come up with new ideas and solutions for your next business or creative project!

You'll find whiteboard walls, prototyping tools, design-thinking exercises, and fun technology in the Idea Lab, along with an Epson BrightLinks Touch Screen Projector and a Smart KAPP board so you can easily share and record your ideas.

The Idea Lab can accommodate up to 25 people, with mobile furniture that easily transforms the space to suit a variety of brainstorming activities.

Book the Idea Lab for your next community collaboration session.

Thank you to the Idea Lab's founding community members and to all the organizations and individuals who contributed to this innovative space!

Idea Lab Programs


Idea Coaching

Need some help coming up with great ideas? Our talented community experts will guide you or your small team through some great brainstorming activities and provide a crash course in creative thinking.

Tuesdays*, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
No registration required.
*No program Dec 27 & Jan 3


Ideation Calgary!

Join us to meet business owners, community activists, and innovators as we tackle the challenges of our city. Take part in the monthly design challenge and enjoy creativity-enhancing activities.

Friday, February 3, 4 – 6 pm
Register online


Startup Smart

Meet fellow entrepreneurs and share your experiences, successes, and challenges with starting and running a small business. Brainstorm as a community to start up smart!

Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Register online


Building Blocks for Social Change Series

Social Entrepreneurship 101

Discover your passion and path to change the world. Join us to learn more about how you can improve the world while making a profit. In partnership with Calgary+Acumen.

Saturday, February 4, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Register online