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Calgary’s new Central Library is finally open: get an inside sneak peak here!

Calgary, AB, Canada / RTBN
Calgary's new Central Library is finally open: get an inside sneak peak here!

The massive mural, representing past, present and future, greets you first when you walk into the new Central library. The space is shared by artists Keegan Starlight, Roland Rollinmud, and Kalum Teke Dan

Calgary’s new central library is officially open this morning. The completion of the building is a monumental moment for the City of Calgary.

Even the rest of the world has been anticipating its completion after it was named by Architectural Digest as one of the most anticipated buildings of 2018. Within are four levels of incredible architecture there is something for everyone to fall in love with. From 30 bookable meeting rooms to a 350-seat performance hall this library seems to have it all.

The children’s section is the first space in Calgary to have a full-body play area where kids can run and play with a playground inside. There is also a large focus on having places where they can paint, draw and do creative activities. There is a designated teen area with plenty of technology and cool gadgets to use.

There is even a recording studio with a green-screen wall where they can make their own digital creations. A long-standing Calgary business is also part of the new library. Luke’s café and restaurant have been in Bridgeland as Luke’s Drug Mart since 1951. Co-owners of the café, Gareth Lukes and Eric Hendry, are now hoping to be a central part of the library, helping create community and supporting people’s caffeine needs.

The doors will open this morning at 9:50 for their grand opening ceremony. If you aren’t able to make it down today, you’ll want to keep your schedule clear on Saturday.

Calgary City Transit is offering free public transit for everyone on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be an outdoor festival complete with food trucks and fun activities and programs for anyone to enjoy. If you’re still not convinced to make the journey to the new library this weekend, you should watch this video. It doesn’t do it justice, but it may help entice you to go see it in person…


-Louise van Dam