Calgary New Central Library

13/03/2018, by ETG, in Alpolic | Exterior, 0 comments

The monumental task of delivering a landmark library that will serve Calgarians for generations to come has been enthusiastically embraced by three highly engaged and committed partners: Calgary Public Library, CMLC and the City of Calgary.

Planning for the New Central Library began in 2004, when Calgary City Council committed $40 million to the project. In 2011, council committed an additional $135 million from Calgary’s Community Investment Fund toward the NCL. CMLC then contributed $70 million from the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) to top up funding for the total project cost of $245 million.  It was designed by a Snohetta, an international architecture firm with offices in Oslo and New York, with the help of Canadian firm DIALOG.


        illustration:MIR, architects: Snøhetta + DIALOG

Photo Credit: Calgary Public Library


Since construction began in 2014 with the LRT encapsulation, work on the NCL has progressed well, and the building – which promises to be one of the world’s most dynamic and inspired public libraries – is set to open to Calgarians in November 2018. A space for people to think, dream, explore and become, the New Central Library’s vision is “To Inspire All.”


Photo Credit: Calgary Public Library

The library’s modern design will leave a lasting impression on new generations for years to come. With 100,000 sq. ft. of ALPOLIC’s FR material with the White Prismatic Paint finish installed by Ferguson Glass, the external design of the building is unmistakable . Internally, the hexagonal windows allow mesmerizing beams of natural light into the library for visitors to enjoy.



Providing approximately 240,000 sq. ft. of usable library space – 66% more than the existing downtown library – the NCL will be home to a physical collection of approximately 600,000 books, special programs and spaces for children and teens, a technology commons and laboratory for innovation, a centre that supports community integration and advancement through skills development, and much more.

For its New Central Library (NCL), the City of Calgary chose a prime location: one block east of City Hall in the burgeoning cultural hotspot of East Village. The site provides a key destination and link that will draw Calgarians from downtown through City Hall to the NCL and East Village.


Credit: New Central Library

A special congratulations to DIALOG and Snohetta Architects on what is a spectacular example of timeless architecture and design. The city of Calgary will surely enjoy their remarkable, new library.

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