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Calgary’s New Central Library may just be the nicest library in Canada (PHOTOS)

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Lya Fichmann Nov 05, 2018 2:48 pm 4,723

Calgary’s New Central Library has finally opened and we’re still amazed by the grandeur of the new cultural spot.

The 240,000-sq-ft building has five levels and contains roughly 600,000 items, an on-site café, study spaces, a performance hall, Indigenous Placemaking, an interfaith room, and much, much more.

The new space also has public printing (with a monthly $5 credit for library card holders), free WiFi, public computers, and gender-neutral washrooms.

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In addition, the library offers General Tours focused on the stories, brief history, and services, as well as Architecture Tours, focused on highlighting the architectural advances and features of the building. Both tours last 45 minutes and registration is required.

While there are a few other beautiful buildings around the country that may give Calgary’s New Central Library a run for its money, we think that YYC’s newest addition may just be the prettiest library in the whole country.

Just take a look and decide for yourself!

 

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Here are some of the other stunning libraries in Canada to give you an idea of the competition:

Vancouver Central Library

 

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Officially opened in 1995, this library is located in Vancouver’s Library Square, which occupies a full city block. The structure of the building is a rectangle within an ellipse, and nine-stories tall — though only seven are used as part of the 349,100-sq-ft library. A roof garden has been recently launched that brings a green space to the building.

With 21 locations across Metro Vancouver, Vancouver’s libraries are the most-visited major urban library per capita in the country.

Where: 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Halifax Central Library

 

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This 129,000-sq-ft library opened in December 2014 and reached almost 2 million visitors in its first year alone. The building includes two sound-resistant studios with instruments and technology for music and video making purposes, such as podcasting, recording, and editing.

Where: 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Library of Parliament

 

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This library opened in 1876 with its circular shape and use of galleries. Visitors of the Library of Parliament will be impressed by its massive flying buttresses, ornamental ironwork, and handcrafted detail.

Where: 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

Millennium Library

 

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Millennium Library is the main library of the Winnipeg Public Library system. The building opened in 1977 as the Centennial Library, and after a complete renovation and extension, it reopened as the Millennium Library in 2005. The 160,850-sq-ft building has won several architecture awards.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

 

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This library is one of the leading research libraries in North America. The current building opened in 1973 and it houses the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including items such as books, manuscripts, and other important historical materials.

Where: 120 Saint George Street, Toronto

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Lya Fichmann
I was born in Canada and raised in Brazil. Once I finished my bachelor's in Journalism I moved to Vancouver and now I'm attending BCIT as a Broadcast and Online Journalism student. I'm passionate about my latin background and I want to make a connection between Latin America and Canada as a journalist. Photography and travel are my favorite hobbies :)
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