Opening Day and Family Fun Weekend

Join us for the opening of the new Central Library! Starting November 1 and continuing through the weekend, there will be live music, crafts, performances, tours, and much more.

Please note that 8 Avenue SE (between 3 Street SE and 4 Street SE) will be closed November 1 to 4 for opening celebrations.

Saturday, November 3, 2018: Opening Family Fun Weekend 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
On November 3, Calgary Transit will be free from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm to help celebrate our opening, an opportunity made possible through the generous support of donors to Add In—the Campaign for Calgary’s Library, facilitated by the Calgary Public Library Foundation.

Starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, enjoy performances outside the Library with a cup of hot chocolate. Explore all the levels of the Library with lots of special activities, including an Indigenous Dance, building tours, Pied Piper Storytimes, and science demonstrations.

You can also check out new Library spaces with a Media Tech Orientation, meet the new Artist in Residence Nicole Wolf, or have a Poem on Demand delivered to you. When you get hungry, head to the eight food trucks parked on 8 Avenue SE (11:00 am – 4:00 pm). View the full schedule of events »

Sunday, November 4, 2018: Opening Family Fun Weekend 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us at noon on Sunday for the last day of the Family Fun Weekend, to enjoy outside performances and plenty of fun activities inside, too.

From creating community art to writing a letter to the building, along with exploring the new tech spaces and reading nooks, there’s lots to do! And whenever you need a little extra fuel, there are nine food trucks parked on 8 Avenue SE (noon to 5 pm). View the full schedule of events »

General and Architecture Tours During Opening Week

General Tours will depart on the hour. No registration is required on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 1 (between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm)
  • Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 (between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm)
  • Monday, November 5 to Saturday, November 10 (11:00 am to 2:00 pm)

Tours depart on the half hour on Sunday, November 4 (between 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm)

Architecture Tours will depart hourly on the half hour. No registration is required on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 1 (between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm)
  • Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 (between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm)
  • Sunday, November 4 (between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm) 
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