Level 1 at Central Library

The Archway

The gorgeous outdoor archway that welcomes everyone into the Library is built with western red wood cedar. The wooden soffit’s design is inspired by the chinook arch cloud formations common to Calgary’s skies. This pedestrian thoroughfare also connects East Village to downtown.

Indigenous Placemaking

Wall mural: Survival Harvesting (Past) by Roland Rollinmud, Sharing the Knowledge (Present) by Keegan Starlight, Spiritual Changes Through Indigenous Teachings (Future) by Kalum Teke Dan

The concept behind this collaborative mural has a big emphasis on the past, present, and future of the traditional pride within the tribes of Treaty 7. Indigenous Placemaking in Central Library creates a welcoming environment where Indigenous people can see their culture reflected, and visitors can learn about the original inhabitants of the land that is now Calgary.

Library Express

Here’s the spot to pick up your holds, find popular new titles, and browse through books recommended by Library staff.

Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery

Visit the Welcome Kiosk, visible when you enter the building, to view Library events or book a meeting room. Drop your return items into the Bookscalator — a giant escalator just for books — and watch the conveyor belt travel between floors. Once you’ve returned your books, find your next great read in Library Express. The donor-named Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery, a versatile and beautiful space, is available for large-scale special events after hours.

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall

Located at street level, you can see Library programming happening in the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall. Also an ideal location for large-scale events, seminars, conferences, and private bookings, blinds can be lowered on the large floor-to-ceiling windows.