Calgary's new Central Library just saw its 2 millionth visitor

Jan 10 2020, 9:06 am

What a way to start the year.

One of Calgary’s newest, biggest, and boldest additions just reached an impressive milestone, with the new Central Library reporting its two millionth visitor by Thursday morning.

Calgary Public Library shared the success in a tweet, reporting that “as of this morning, your Central Library has served over two million visitors! Thank you for your overwhelming support of this new location this past year. Our doors are always open to you.”

Having officially opened on November 1, 2018, the building racked up the impressive visitor numbers in just over 14 months — meaning that, on average, the library sees about 143,000 visitors per month, or nearly 5,000 visits a day.

This was all kicked off by a wildly successful opening weekend, in which the library saw a total of 52,223 visits and 3,397 new library members signing up.

In the months to follow, the building would be lauded by international publications, and most recently be considered the reason for New York Times travel writer Sebastrian Modak to finish off his 52 Places To Go list right here in Calgary.

Plus, the interesting architecture and abundance of natural light makes the building more than just a place to rent a book — it’s also a photographer’s dream.

Congrats, Calgary Public Library — here’s to two million more.