May 24, 2022

Learn About Plans for Calgary’s New Central Library, View Master Plan Report

Update (2/26/12): Calgary City Council Unanimously Approves Plan to Build New $245 Million Central Library (via Calgary Herald)

Update (2/19/2013): Council committee praises library’s $245-million central branch project (via The Calgary Herald)

From The Calgary Herald:

In a new report detailing plans for the $245-million East Village facility across from City Hall, the bookshelves and materials will be gradually drawn down in a library made for the digital age.

The floor space will be 54 per cent larger than at the current main branch, but when it opens around 2018 it will retain the current collection of 600,000 physical volumes — books, CDs and the like. That’s in the short term.


The philosophy of this approach can be found in a recent speech by interim library CEO Ellen Humphrey. Her talk was entitled “Libraries of Today,” and she delivered it while standing next to a pile of books.

“Libraries really aren’t about these things that we see here on the stage,” Humphrey said. “These are tools, and we have new tools, and an expanding range of tools today. Libraries are really about people.”

Much More in the Complete Article

Here’s the Master Plan Report That’s Referenced in the Article.

Calgary Public Library New Central Library Master Program by LJ’s infoDOCKET

Related Documents (via City of Calgary)

See Also: 16,500 Calgarians Voice Opinions On New Central Library (via City of Calgary)
February 7, 2013

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