Explore Central Library

This family destination and gathering place was designed to be a landmark structure, built to inspire Calgarians for the next 100 years.

Head inside the striking 240,000-square-foot building to find something for everyone. Features include a physical collection of about 450,000 books, the TD Great Reading Room, special programs and spaces for children and teens, a Performance Hall, more than 30 free and bookable meeting spaces, technology and innovation areas, public art, Indigenous Placemaking, and much more.

Level 0

  • BMO Financial Group Community Room
  • LUKES exterior café
  • Michael Green Green Room
  • Performance Hall
  • TRIO by Christian Moeller (exterior)

Level 1

  • The Archway
  • Wall mural by Keegan Starlight, Kalum Teke Dan, and Roland Rollinmud (Indigenous Placemaking)
  • Library Express
  • Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
  • Performance Hall

Level 1M

  • Children’s Library
    • Early Learning Centre
    • The Moms’ Stairway
    • Nursing room
    • Questionarium
    • Toddler Nook
  • Buffalo sculpture by Lionel Peyachew (Indigenous Placemaking)
  • LUKES interior café

Level 2

Level 3

  • Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Business Library
  • CNOOC Nexen Digital Commons
    • AV Media Labs: Audio and Video Production Studios
    • Digital Learning Lab
    • The Norrep Foundation Tech Connect Studio
  • Field Law Meeting Room
  • FISH by Christian Moeller
  • Idea Lab
  • Teen Hub and Teen Tech Lab
  • Video Conferencing Room

Level 4

  • Artist in Residence
  • Calgary’s Story, presented by Walt and Irene DeBoni
  • Historian in Residence
  • Table and furniture by Glenna Cardinal, and a photo and text-based piece by Brittney Bear Hat (Indigenous Placemaking)
  • Interfaith Room
  • Elders’ Guidance Circle
  • The Oculus
  • The Prow
  • Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room
  • TD Great Reading Room
  • Williams & Harris Shared History Centre

Amenities and Equipment

  • Free printing
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gender-neutral washrooms
  • Public computers
  • Public seating