Central Library

Central Library

Date(s): Saturday & Sunday

800 - 3 Street SE


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Self-guided tours Saturday from 10 am - 4pm and Sunday 12 noon - 4 pm. Guided tours Saturday at 10:30 am | 12 noon | 2 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm are drop in - no registration required. Pre-opening Sunday guided tour at 11 am requires registration and valid library card. Register Now!


Check out the behind-the-scenes where books are sorted, the control room and backstage of the theatre, speak with an Elder, and more!

Guided tours available.   All tours, except Sunday 11 am morning will be open to everyone – no library card required (see tours section for details).

Self-guided tours available, with experts available to answer questions at many locations throughout the Library.

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

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

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
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

Guided Tours

Guided tours and self-guided tours available. Minimum of 10, maximum of 75 per timeslot (multiple tours running concurrently)

Saturday, September 28th
Maximum of 75 attendees per time slot. Tours will depart at the times below:
10:30 a.m. (Drop In)
12:00 p.m. (Drop In)
2:00 p.m. (Drop In)

Sunday, September 29th
11:00 a.m. Pre-opening (Registered) – use the Library website to register, must have a valid library card. – max 50 attendees
12:30 p.m. (Drop In) – Max 75 attendees

Additional information about our tours can be found here: https://calgarylibrary.ca/read-learn-and-explore/central-library/tours/

Self-guided tours are from 10 am  4 pm Saturday, and 12 noon – 4 pm on Sunday (some specific times for experts noted in “activities” section)

Significance to Calgary

  • Construction began in 2014 with a real feat of engineering: encapsulating the LRT. It was the first time in Calgary’s history an active LRT line was encapsulated and used as a foundation for a building above.
  • The final steel beam of Central Library’s skeletal structure serves a dual-purpose; it’s a time capsule of steel. In March 2017, nearly 700 library lovers of all ages inscribed the massive beam with messages of congratulations and inspiration for future generations.


Additional Info

Year Built: 2014-2018

Buit By: CMLC

Name of Architect: Snøhetta and DIALOG


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Open air lots east of the building, City Hall parkade

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