January 23, 2022

Update: Chinese State-Owned CNOOC Makes Largest-ever Donation to Calgary Public Library

Here’s an update to our post from September 9th, Calgary Public Library Foundation Will Announce Largest Gift in Library’s History Later This Week.”

From The Calgary Herald:

A Chinese state-owned oil company’s $1.5-million donation to the Calgary Public Library is its foundation’s largest ever, and marks the start of the library’s major fundraising drive that will offer corporate branding on sections within branches, but not the buildings themselves.


CNOOC will become the title sponsor for a high-tech “learning commons” area in the new central library when it opens in 2018 in East Village.


Paul McIntyre Royston said the central branch and other libraries may get new names, but he said corporate titles like the Captain Highliner Fish Creek Library wouldn’t be “friendly and opening” to patrons.

Additional Details from the Calgary Library Foundation News Release

The donation will also support a new Automated Materials Handling System for the current Central Library which sustained significant damage caused by Calgary’s flood.

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