Central Library Event Spaces

Host your next event in one of five large event spaces at Central Library! From performances to private events, these fully accessible and beautiful spaces have everything you need to make your event a success. 

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall booking requests for April and later are now being accepted.

Note: All event spaces are available until midnight at the latest, including tear-down, clean-up, and time for your guests to exit the building.

Helium-filled balloons, helium tanks and other helium-filled inflatables are not permitted in Central Library. This includes meeting spaces, event spaces, and open spaces.

We are experiencing a significant number of requests for event spaces at Central Library, and are working to respond to requests within two weeks of submission. Thank you for your patience. If you have already submitted a request online or over the phone, please do not resubmit your request.

We are working hard to accommodate all requests. Please note priority is given to requests that align with the Library's mission.

BMO Financial Group Community Room (Level 0)

80 chairs and six flip-top tables are available.

Features: Video conference technology, high-quality video projector, integrated sound system, Solstice Pod wireless presentation device, and AV Control system touch panels.
Capacity: 80 people.

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall (Level 0 and Level 1)

The Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall features the Library’s largest display window at street level, state-of-the-art technology, and a reception area for pre-and post-event festivities. It's an ideal location for large-scale events, seminars, conferences, and private bookings. Six flip-top tables are available for this space by request. Please note that we are unable to host weddings at the Library.

Features:
15 feet x 32 feet (484 square feet) flat stage, high-quality sound system and professional data projector, AV control system touch panels, fully equipped microphone system, retractable screen and motorized black curtains, accessible seating, dedicated green room, dressing rooms, backstage area, Solstice Pod wireless presentation device.
Capacity: 336 fixed seats with additional, flexible seating for 64 people (max. 400 people).

Rates

  Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall plus meeting rooms
Not-for-profit rate $60/hour with three-hour minimum $120/hour with three-hour minimum
Regular booking $160/hour with three-hour minimum $280/hour with three-hour minimum

0-13 (Level 0) and 0-14 (Level 0)

Two flip-top tables and 50 chairs are available in each space. If both spaces are booked together, there are four flip-top tables and 100 chairs available.

Features:
Video conference technology, high-quality video projector, integrated sound system, Solstice Pod wireless presentation device, and AV Control system touch panels.
Capacity: 50 people per room, or combined to accommodate 100 people.

Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery

The main entrance to enter and exit the building, the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery will be a busy thoroughfare and an awe-inspiring and unique venue for large-scale special events, celebrations, and after-hours private bookings. Flooded with natural light, the open-air Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery is a versatile and breathtaking space. Please note that we are unable to host weddings at the Library.

Features: 5,000 square feet, direct access to the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall reception area, feature stairs with seating, welcome stand and podium, and flexible layout options. 

Book an event space at Central Library »

If you wish to book one of the large meeting rooms individually, please visit the Central Library Meeting Spaces page.


View the Calgary Public Library Room Use Guidelinesopens a new window or download the Central Library Event Spaces PDFopens a new window

There are more than 30 bookable rooms for small groups available in Central Library, with flexible seating, adaptive technology, and unique features. View the Central Library meeting spaces »

Bookable meeting rooms are also available in every Library location in Calgary. Book a meeting space in a community Library »

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