Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Join in an evening of design discussion on the New Central Library

You are invited for a sneak-a-peek of the architectural designs of the New Central Library. The public open house will be held at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre on September 4 from 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Join the Prime Design Team – Snøhetta + DIALOG – for a first look at the features, amenities and function of the library. The conceptual design reflects what 16,500 Calgarians told us matters most to them through public forums over the last two years.

Located in East Village directly across from City Hall, the New Central Library will be a landmark building that exemplifies design excellence and a community space that inspires thought, collaboration and conversation. A public gathering hub for people to dream, explore and to inspire all.

To join in the evening of design discussion, reserve your seat now at ncldesign.eventbrite.ca. Space is limited; first come, first served.

For more information on the New Central Library, visit calgarymlc.ca.

Background on the project

Originally built to serve a population of 400,000, the need for a New Central Library was first recognized in 2004 when City Council approved a $40 million contribution toward the project. In 2011, Council further paved the road toward a New Central Library by directing reductions in the provincial property tax toward a new Community Investment Fund earmarked for financing community infrastructure such as libraries and recreation centres. In 2013, Council committed $135 million from the Community Investment Fund toward the New Central Library. The Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) funds the remaining $70 million required for the project’s total $245 million cost.

With funding in place and a site declared, extensive public engagement was undertaken in parallel with an operational review and development of a master program. Conceptual designs are now complete and construction to begin preparing the site for building has begun, the first steps of which are utility work and the encapsulation of the LRT. The New Central Library is anticipated to open in 2018.

Submitted by Sheila Rougeau, Community Services and Protective Services


  1. This event is already sold out; with such an overwhelming response it would be nice to see a second event announced.

    1. Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming response to the Open House. The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is currently investigating options to bring the presentation to a bigger audience. Stay tuned for more information. http://calgarymlc.ca

    2. That's good to hear. I am personally looking forward to a venue change or a possible event repeat. I would love to attend and it would be a real shame to miss the event!
      Keep us posted!

    3. I've heard that the "Calgarians polled" were a select number of people, who would approve the project that certain individuals wanted to be followed through on. That doesn't sound like a very random survey to me. I will certainly be part of the additional open house. Count me in!

  2. What a joke!!!!!Pay down our debt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!