The New Central Library, Calgary

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The Calgary Central Library, also known as the Calgary New Central Library, is an under construction public library in Calgary, Alberta that will be part of the Calgary Public Library system when completed in 2018. The four-storey structure is being built in the Downtown East Village neighborhood and will include 240,000sqft of space. The $245 million library will replace the existing central branch in Downtown Calgary, built in 1963 and expanded in 1974.
A combined bid from American-Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and Canadian firm DIALOG won a design competition held for the project in 2013. Their design features an oval-like form and an interior with a large central atrium with a skylight. The building is elevated one floor above street level to accommodate a light rail trackway below as well as a public plaza.
Planning for a new library began in 2004 and was finalized in 2011. Construction began in 2013 with the encapsulation of an existing CTrain light rail tunnel portal; above-ground construction of the library itself began in September 2015.
The Central Library will be located along 3rd Street SE between 7th and 9th avenues in the Downtown East Village neighborhood, adjacent to the Calgary Municipal Building. The CTrain City Hall station is located to the west of the library's northwest corner.
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  • Great community library. Has a play area for younger children which is great. Good portion of library is dedicated to children's books, which suits the demographics of the communities near by...  more »
  • This is a beautiful facility. Its not just a library but has a theatre for mulitiple functions. There is a lot of different resourses for all kinds of people. A real great resource. Well thought.....  more »
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  • What a beautiful building! spacious and well laid out. Any ages can find something to do or read in this library. I enjoyed the walking tours esp the tour for the main library. I’m impressed with the many services and activities offered by the library. Truly enjoyed my time here.
  • I can only talk about how beautiful this building is and how large open and user friendly it is. I have never seen a library like this before. The architecture makes it worth a visit. Free entry. Nice coffee shop. Spend some time in the magazine section just to get an idea how extensive the collection is.

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