All Library locations (except Rocky Ridge) will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving. Access to our catalogue, telephone renewal service, and Digital Library resources will also be interrupted due to scheduled web maintenance.

Accessibility

The Calgary Public Library is accessible for everyone, in both its physical and digital spaces.

The Library is committed to providing a range of specialized materials, facilities, services, and programs at all locations. Additionally, this website was designed to meet WCAG AA standard, the second-highest web accessibility standard as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium, the international standards organization for the internet.

Making the Library experience available to everyone.

Special Services includes programs for those who are unable to travel to a Library location, tools at the Library such as accessible computers and other electronic aids, and an extensive collection of large print books, talking books, digital books, and Digital Readers. 

Learn more about Special Services

Sensory Backpacks are now available at select Library locations

The Library is proud to be a community partner of the Sensory Backpack Program initiative, a partnership between Variety – the Children’s Charity and Calgary Heritage Lions Club that supports children living with sensory processing disabilities and autism within child friendly facilities and schools. 

The backpacks contain tools to help children self-regulate through refocus, distraction, or mitigating the amount of sensory input experienced while at the Library and will be available at Bowness, Central, Crowfoot, Fish Creek, Giuffre Family, Louise Riley, Nose Hill, Saddletowne, Seton, Shawnessy, and Southwood libraries. Ask a staff member to sign out a backpack for free at one of these locations. 

The program hopes to mitigate barriers family experience when visiting child-friendly places in the community and allow them to access resources they might not otherwise be able to.  

In 2020, The Government of Alberta and donors of the Calgary Public Library Foundation generously supported accessibility enhancements at a number of community libraries.