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Central Library Event Spaces

On September 15, the Province announced it was returning to a State of Public Health Emergency. All third-party events and room bookings will be suspended until further notice. Please check calgarylibrary.ca/covid-19 regularly for updates.

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 September 15, 2021 and later are now being accepted. Event spaces are bookable up to one year in advance.

If you wish to book the BMO Financial Group Community Room or rooms 0-13 and 0-14 along with the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, please submit an event space request. Otherwise, these rooms can be booked individually.

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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.