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New Central Library — CMLC

New Central Library

New Central Library

To inspire all

//East Village Projects


Providing 240,000 sq. ft. of functional, flexible and beautifully designed space, the new Central Library (NCL) is home to a physical collection of 450,000 books, more than 30 free community meeting areas, a performance hall, café, outdoor plazas, a children’s library, dedicated spaces for teens, recording studios, and much more.

The City of Calgary chose a prime location for its new Central Library: 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.

Over the five years construction program, the CMLC led project was delivered both on schedule and under budget. To date the complex $245-million new Central Library is CMLC’s most significant project with approximately 1.7 million construction hours, and as many as 200 workers on the site at any one time.

The building, which was chosen by Architectural Digest as one of the most anticipated projects of 2018 and one of the world’s most futuristic libraries, opened to Calgarians on November 1, 2018 and was visited by nearly half million visitors in its first 100 days since opening. A space for people to think, dream, explore and become, the new Central Library’s vision is “To Inspire All.” A destination for Calgarians and tourists alike, the library was featured in the New York Times’ “52 Places to Travel” in 2019 and received more than half a million visitors in the first three months.

Complete timelapse of construction, from the CTrain encapsulation in 2015 all the way to doors opening on November 1, 2018.

Completed: November 1, 2018

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