Upcoming Events

Doors Open YYC

September 28 & 29, 2019

LUKES

Stop by the interior LUKES to learn about how they work with local producers and companies, and support the arts in Calgary.

Saturday: 10:00 – 11:00 am, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, and 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm and 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall

Explore backstage areas of the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, including the Michael Green Green Room, the control room and more.

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

Security office and boardroom

Get a look at the Central Library Security's office, which helps keep the Library safe for members and staff, and the boardroom where the executive leadership team and Library Board meet.

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

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Take a tour of Central Library

Discover the unique and innovative elements of Central Library spaces, services, art and iconic architecture in a free public tour led by a volunteer guide.

Registration is only required for the tour at 11:00 on Sunday.

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Jocelyn Louise Anderson Children's Library

Join us to explore activity kits, a drop-in storytime and a special treat in the Jocelyn Louise Anderson Children's Library, the largest in Calgary, including an indoor play structure and roughly 100,000 books.

Saturday: 10:00 to 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

Special Services

Learn more about Special Services, where patrons with specialized Library cards can use accessible technology and alternative formats for those who can't read regular print. Special Services also offers programs to bring the Calgary Public Library to those who can't come to us!

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

Loading dock and sorting machine

Follow the journey of Library materials when they are returned to the Central Library. You'll learn more about our automated sorter and how books travel from one reader to another on this behind-the-scenes tour.

Saturday: Tours every hour between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday: Tours at noon and 2:00 pm

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Creative Studios

You can launch your next YouTube, IGTV, or podcast project with the help of these DIY spaces. Book these free multimedia studios for up to three hours at a time with your Library card.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm

Teen Centre

The Teen Centre is a safer space for ages 13–19 only, no adults allowed! In addition to Doors Open YYC, stop by Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm for our after-school program, including activities and free snacks.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Calgary's Story, presented by Walt & Irene DeBoni

Staff are available to answer questions you may have about local history. Explore the digital kiosk Glimpses of Our Past, the special collection containing 40,000 different items, the Vintage Media Lab with microfilm and VHS tapes, and the Story Studio.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm

Moyis (Lodge)

An eight-foot tipi sits on Level 4 of Central Library as a permanent installation for patrons to experience an authentic Blackfoot tipi. People are welcome to sit and read inside the tipi. The tipis were made by Mary Ayoungman from Siksika Nation.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm

Elders' Guidance Circle

The Elders' Guidance Circle is a dedicated space for Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Ceremonial Knowledge Keepers of Treaty 7. Everyone is welcome to visit the Elders here.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm

Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

The Language Resource Centre was designed by nation members of Treaty 7 communities to reflect the ways of life of Indigenous people. The colors, artwork, design, and theme mirrors the traditional way of life in the Mohkinstsis (Calgary) area before settlers arrived.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm

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