Interact with the Artist in Residence, in the fourth-floor studio, or attend workshops and lectures. There are three, three-month Artist in Residence throughout the year, each working in a specific genre: Indigenous art and placemaking, children’s art and illustration, and the newcomer experience. This is one of three residencies at the Library.
Calgary’s Story, presented by Walt and Irene DeBoni
Stop by the Living History: Glimpses of Our Past installation first to see a collection of the area’s history in this digital display. Then, find out more about a certain topic, person, or place within the Calgary’s Story collection.
History surrounds you — even on the ends of the bookshelves, where enlarged photographs give you a glimpse of what Calgary and its surrounding area used to look like. Materials celebrating the city, southern Alberta, and Western Canada’s unique stories, including books and maps, can be found here.
Imagine going to school for a week in the Library! Library School supported by Cenovus Energy gives students opportunities for hands-on, inquiry-based learning, including writing, reading, drawing, listening, researching and language skills, and information and media literacy.
Want to chat about the social, cultural, or built history of Calgary, Treaty 7, and Métis Region 3? Kevin Allen, Historian in Residence, leads workshops and lectures throughout the three-month residency, presented in partnership with Calgary Heritage Authority. This is one of three residencies at the Library.
This is a space for anyone to speak to Indigenous Elders from multiple Nations. Here, Elders are able to provide education, storytelling, and a spiritual component to programming and services, including ceremony and smudges. Elders are available on a daily basis, with the schedule updated regularly.
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.
Tina Dik’iizh | clear road or clear trail, by Glenna Cardinal
Through this collection of furnishings, Glenna Cardinal explores her bone-deep connection to her mother’s reserve, Tsuut’ina Nation, the reserve land that she grew up and continues to reside on.
Aiitskaitsiiwa | She is Reminiscing, by Brittney Bear Hat
In this large photo and text-based piece, Brittney Bear Hat used images of places in and around Calgary, the Treaty 7 landscape, that served as significant backdrops to important, life-lesson moments in her life.
This semi-private space is reserved for quiet reflection, meditation, and prayer.
Julia Turnbull Terrace
Take a seat on the Julia Turnbull Terrace, where you have room to work, study, or read while enjoying the view of the city. Don’t forget to peer down to level 3 to get a new perspective on FISH.
Having pored through everything from the backs of cereal boxes to weighty, lengthy tomes, Julia Turnbull chose to make a donation to name this space in honour of her favourite pastime, reading.
Look up — this large central skylight celebrates Calgary’s famously sunny skies and brings plenty of natural light into the building, no matter what level you’re on.
Take in a view of the city (and maybe take a shot for your Instagram) from the Prow, the tip of the building that stretches over the LRT line.
Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room
Whether you’re reading, studying, socializing, or just want a different perspective on Calgary’s skyline, the Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room is a comfortable space at the top of the building, made possible through a gift from Britt Simmons and Janet Harvie.
TD Great Reading Room
The floors get quieter as you make your way up inside the building. The pinnacle of this can be found in the TD Great Reading Room, where, surrounded by wood-paneled walls and special collections, it’s the perfect place to read or study.
Print(ed) Word Exhibit, supported by the J K L MacLachlan Family Fund
Enjoy the 12 handmade books on display on your way to the TD Great Reading Room. Located in the west vestibule, these books are a collaboration between Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112.
Williams & Harris Shared History Centre
Contribute to the city’s shared history by telling your own stories or exploring online archives. Named in honour of Cyril & Dorothy Williams and Bernard & Barbara Harris through a legacy gift, the Shared History Centre ensures that stories are told and collected, through new technology in the Story Studio and old technology in the Vintage Media Lab.
Take a photo or record yourself telling a story, which you can then send to yourself for use on other platforms.
Vintage Media Lab
Curious about how a library worked before the internet? Check out microfiche machines, typewriters, and more in the Vintage Media Lab.