All Calgary Public Library locations, including book drops, are temporarily closed until further notice as of March 16 at 12:01 am to help limit the spread of COVID
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Central Library Event Spaces

The Calgary Public Library is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and following the guidelines from local health authorities. As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and support the City's efforts to promote social distancing, the Library has decided to cancel third-party event and room bookings effective Monday, March 16. All fees will be refunded.

Although these changes take effect March 16, we are contacting all bookings before then to ask them to evaluate if their event can safely proceed. Please check calgarylibrary.ca/covid-19 regularly for updates.

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall

  • Located in the heart of East Village

  • 336 fixed seats; venue capacity is 400

  • 15’ x 32’ (480 sq. ft) flat stage

  • AV control system touch panels

  • High-quality sound system and professional data projector

  • Fully equipped microphone system

  • 4.6 x 7.3 metre retractable screen and motorized blackout curtains

  • 2,400 sq. ft venue plus 1,500 sq. ft overflow/reception

  • Accessible seating

  • Listening Assistance Devices

  • Dedicated green room, dressing room, and backstage area

  • Additional AV equipment available by request

Room Rental Rates

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall

  • Not-for-profit (three-hour minimum):
    Rental fee: $100/hour
    Staff & security fee: $60/hour
    Combined rental fee: $160/hour

  • Regular booking (three-hour minimum):
    Rental fee: $250/hour
    Staff & security fee: $60/hour
    Combined rental fee: $310/hour

Performance Hall, plus meeting rooms

  • Not-for-profit (three-hour minimum)
    Rental fee: $200/hour
    Staff & security fee: $60/hour
    Combined rental fee:
    $260/hour

  • Regular booking (three-hour minimum)
    Rental fee: $500/hour
    Staff & security fee: $60/hour
    Combined rental fee: $560/hour

BMO Financial Group Community Room and rooms 0-13 and 0-14

  • AV control system touch panels

  • High-quality video projectors

  • Flexible layout options

  • Accommodates 50–80 people

  • Integrated sound system

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Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery

The main entrance opens into the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery, a versatile and breathtaking space for large-scale special events, celebrations, and after-hours private bookings. Unfortunately, we are unable to host weddings at the Library.

  • 5,000 sq. ft
  • Direct access to the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall reception area
  • Feature stairs with seating
  • Flexible layout options
  • There is no built-in AV in the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery

Room Use Guidelines

Use of these spaces is subject to the Calgary Public Library Terms and Conditions of Room Use, the Public Access Network Terms of Use, and the Library’s Code of Conduct.