New Central Library

Illustrated Library

Illustrated Library

New Central Library construction site welcomes public art by local artist

It may be a while before you can actually check a book out of the New Central Library, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t read stories there. No library card needed. Simply stroll along 3rd St. SE to immerse yourself in the colourful picture book that Calgary illustrator Serena Malyon has created on the construction hoarding surrounding the NCL site: Malyon’s large watercolours depict the historical timeline of East Village from the untouched grasslands of the early 19th century to completion of the visually-stunning new library in 2018.

Your NCL, Your Way

Your NCL, Your Way

When the New Central Library opens in 2018, Calgarians will at last be able to experience an innovative space that's been in the planning stages for years. 

The two-year public engagement process that was incorporated into the library’s plans referenced input from over 20,000 Calgarians about what they want from their new bibliotheca. Part landmark, part destination, part venue and really big part library, Calgary’s New Central Library will have something for everybody.

New Central Library: Making Connections

New Central Library: Making Connections

The start of construction on the New Central Library encapsulation is a big story. But there’s another, equally important aspect: the NCL will create a key link between downtown and East Village. 

Before the East Village renewal, there was a big and somewhat desolate gap between City Hall on the edge of corporate downtown and Fort Calgary. Today, CMLC is ensuring that the space is being filled with new homes, green spaces, RiverWalk™ and other amenities for all Calgarians.

The NCL: Challenges and Opportunities

The NCL: Challenges and Opportunities

The site of Calgary’s New Central Library, located just west of City Hall in East Village, fulfills many objectives: it keeps the NCL downtown so that many communities can access it, and it provides a key destination and link that will draw Calgarians from downtown through City Hall to the NCL and East Village.

The encapsulation process has already begun. The work in progress on the design will be shared with the public in early September. We’ll keep you posted on updates.

Freedom 25

Freedom 25

It’s about to become a whole lot easier for young urban explorers to call East Village home. That’s because EV’s newest condominium project, N3, will be designed specifically to fit Millennial lifestyles, values and pocketbooks.

Just moments from the site of the New Central Library, City Hall and downtown, and rising above the historical St. Louis Hotel and the Hillier Block, the new N3 (short for New Attitude, New Vision, New Living) will be perfectly situated to offer young Calgarians the East Village lifestyle.

Library Voice

Library Voice

The future site of Calgary's New Central Library was bookmarked by dozens of well-informed (and very excited) bibliophiles who gathered November 5 for a highly-anticipated announcement of the prime design consultant on the landmark project. 

Months of mystery ended happily ever after with the news that the architectural team of Snøhetta (based in Oslo and New York) and DIALOG (a Canadian firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto) had been chosen to design the NCL’s new East Village home. Only the best will do when you love your libraries as much as we do.

Search narrows for new Central Library architectural team

Search narrows for new Central Library architectural team

Four shortlisted contenders vie for the honour of designing Calgary’s new Central Library in East Village 

From 38 submissions that arrived in East Village from as far away as Copenhagen and Tokyo, a selection committee has narrowed to four, the field of contenders eager to design the new Central Library in East Village.

Those 38 submissions came in response to a Request for Qualification (RFQ) that East Village master developer, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC),  issued in May - Stage 1 of a two-stage process designed by CMLC, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Public Library - to identify a Prime Design Consultant who will help steward the successful delivery of the library project. 

Digging the new neighbourhood

Digging the new neighbourhood

With the ground officially broken for FRAM+Slokker's FIRST residential condominium tower, buzz surrounding the future of East Village all but drowns out the sound of construction.

When FIRST owners get the keys to their new homes in 2015, chances are they won't be logging a lot of couch time. With all that East Village life has to offer, there will simply be too much to explore.

RiverWalk, just steps away, will entice urban explorers onto two kilometres of pathway stretching from the Centre Street Bridge to Fort Calgary. With designated pathways for pedestrians and cyclists and with enticing street furniture, river outlooks and an interpretive area at the confluence of the rivers, outdoor enthusiasts can set their own pace of exploration. 

Your Library

Your Library

EV will be the home of the new Central Library, and it's time to re-write the book on what a library should offer. What do you think?

The new Central Library will look and feel very different than the one that 572,701 card-carrying library members access today, so the library board is surveying Calgarians until the end of August to find out how they see the future of this 100-year-old institution. The new central library will be located near City Hall in East Village.

In many cities, libraries are evolving into community hubs, gathering places where ideas are exchanged – and books only tell part of the story. “Technology is dramatically reshaping library use,” library board chair Jamie Niessen told the Calgary Herald. 

New Century Library

New Century Library

The announcement that a new city library would be built in East Village is exciting news for all villagers, current and future.

The building will sit just east of City Hall, over the LRT tunnel that leads to Stampede. It’s early days, design-wise, but this “massing model”, released August 11, gives an idea of the scale of the building. Library CEO Gerry Meek said that a feasibility study on the library suggests the creation of a “cultural campus” made up of the library and potentially an arts gallery, museum or other space in a separate building to the north of the library along 7th Ave. SE.

Calgary Central Library Finds New Home in East Village

Calgary Central Library Finds New Home in East Village

East Village welcomes a new neighbour following yesterday’s announcement that the Calgary Central Library will be re-locating to East Village.

The announcement marks another exciting milestone in the development of Calgary’s oldest, newest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood. The new library is envisioned as community gathering space that goes beyond a typical library to include visual arts, archival and exhibit space, theatre and multipurpose space.