EXPERIENCE THE NCL

The 4-storey New Central Library offers levels for everyone, with specific spaces based on your interests and age.

LEVEL 0

Here at street level, you’ll find the Community Commons, which is home to conference rooms with free public access, along with a 340-seat theatre and a comfortable, 1,500 sq. ft. café.

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THEATRE

In this fully-equipped 340-seat theatre, you’ll share stories and expertise, and hear musical performances and lectures. Complete lighting, sound, dressing rooms and green room make the theatre professional grade, and street-view windows make it beautiful.

CONFERENCE ROOMS

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LEVEL 1/1M

Here’s the spectacular heart of the library, where indoors meets outdoors and the library welcomes thousands of Calgarians and visitors every day. In the vast atrium, you’ll look up and see the sky - and every level of the library at once. With natural light everywhere, you’ll see every layer of knowledge and possibility that await.

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CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

Here’s the best fun ever: an Early Learning Centre with story and craft programs, kids’ theatre, art, puppet shows and creative play of all kinds with books, computers and every other medium. There’s room for strollers to park, of course. Come grow with us!

LIBRARY EXPRESS

The library experience is especially exciting here: this area offers lots of displays of books and popular topics and collections are featured. You can browse just like in a great bookstore looking for the new and the notable. Come discover!

SHAIKH FAMILY WELCOME GALLERY

LIBRARY OPERATIONS

All the spaces needed to make the building work harder and better for you. Depending on level, functions include, administration, materials and handling, automated sorting, storage, bike lockers and showers.

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LEVEL 2 

There’s so much going on! You’ll enjoy the displays of Library Express, the kids will be busy learning to love reading, makers will be creating, and there’s every kind of fiction in which to lose yourself.

SPECIAL SERVICES & LARGE PRINT

FICTION COLLECTION

LITERATURE COLLECTION

CLASSICS COLLECTION

LIBRARY OPERATIONS

All the spaces needed to make the building work harder and better for you. Depending on level, functions include, administration, materials and handling, automated sorting, storage, bike lockers and showers.

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LEVEL 3 

Teens and technology are the hub of this level, and they’re a great match. There’s room and materials for everything young minds can imagine, and fascinating new technology to explore. The future is clearly on level 3.

THE HIVE – TEEN CENTRE

Here’s a true space for teenagers, with every wish granted: movable seating and shelving, gaming stations, performance space, gallery for 2- and 3-D art of your making, tech creation space and video and music-making studios. Bam.

CNOOC NEXEN DIGITAL CORRIDOR

Here’s a tech-focused collaborative space designed like an information commons and open design studio. You’ll find a tech lab, creative tech activities space and cutting edge and emerging technologies here in the tech hub for all Calgary’s libraries. Come connect, locally and globally.

ENTREPRENEUR & CAREERS CENTRE

SERVICES FOR NEWCOMERS

WORLD LANGUAGES PAVILION

LIBRARY OPERATIONS

All the spaces needed to make the building work harder and better for you. Depending on level, functions include, administration, materials and handling, automated sorting, storage, bike lockers and showers.

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LEVEL 4 

The Great Reading Room is the heart of this level, and it’s a quiet, beautifully designed space you’ll want to come back to again and again. Along with all the other useful and inspiring departments on this level, including Calgary’s Story, a section devoted to local history.

COMMUNITY LIVING ROOM

SCIENCE, HEALTH, ARTS & CULTURE AND RECREATION COLLECTIONS

TD GREAT READING ROOM

Just as a book leaves a lasting impression on its reader, so the Great Reading Room will imprint itself on minds and hearts. Inspired by the historic reading rooms in the great libraries the world over, this space will inspire and soothe readers, writers and researchers of all kinds.

CALGARY’S STORY

LIBRARY OPERATIONS

All the spaces needed to make the building work harder and better for you. Depending on level, functions include, administration, materials and handling, automated sorting, storage, bike lockers and showers.

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