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Calgary Public Library Foundation

The Calgary Public Library Foundation empowers people to make a difference in their community. All donations cultivate innovation and bring the Library to those who need it most.

During the COVID-19 crisis, our work for our donors, the Library and our community continues.

Our Story

Why We Exist

The Calgary Public Library Foundation was created in 1999 to provide an opportunity for individuals, businesses and foundations to participate in building a library system for today and future generations. Funds raised by the Foundation do not replace the Library’s core funding, but enhance collections, programs and services. Through the generosity of our donors, we can help ensure that knowledge, information, programs and services are accessible to all Calgarians.

Our Impact

What We Do

In 2020, Calgary Public Library locations were temporarily closed twice to help limit the spread of COVID-19. These closures enabled the Calgary Public Library to look at new ways to deliver on its strategic plan, leverage its partnerships, and become even more creative in finding ways to reach and support our community. This included:

  • moving to a Fine Free model, which removed a barrier to visiting the Library, welcomed back almost 36,500 members and resulted in $1.64 million in fines forgiven;
  • providing 379 laptops to families in need, and creating the Borrow a Laptop Program to help address the digital divide;
  • piloting the Community Wellness Desk, which provides free and accessible mental health and wellness support; and,
  • My First Bookshelf, a new pilot program in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library that delivers one free book a month to children from birth to age five.

Our generous donors helped to make these, and other projects and supports possible.

As we navigate the changes to our world and the challenges that lie ahead, the Library has an even greater role to play. With support from our donors, we will continue to remove barriers to ensure our community can access the Library, innovate to continually offer world-class resources and services, and, foster resilience to ensure the Library can continue to serve the evolving needs of our community, no matter what comes next.

Our Programs

How We Do It

Donor funded programs provide critical services to Calgarians, including children of all ages, adult-learners and new Canadians. Current programs include:

In 2020, the Calgary Public Library pivoted to offer programming online. From January 1 to February 28, 2021, more than 500 virtual programs were delivered with 12,600 in attendance.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

There are many ways to support the Library you love, whether you are an active member or aware that it provides your neighbours with the tools they need.



Alexandra Runge

Donor Relations Officer


Charitable Number: 872923537RR0001

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Annual Operating Budget:

$17 million