Community Connections | Children And Youth

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

$3.37M in donor funding was directed to the Library in 2019! Calgarians love their Library; more than 1 in 100 Calgarians are donors to the Library Foundation.

The New York Times included Calgary and the Central Library as one of their “52 Places to Visit in 2019.”

In 2019, the Calgary Public Library achieved:

  • More than 1.6M visits to Central Library
  • 740,000 members
  • 21,870 programs delivered

Jocelyn Louise Anderson Children’s Library dedication was made with a historic gift to the Library from Susan Anderson. In recognition of this generous gift, the Calgary Public Library named the children’s area at the Central Library in honour of Anderson’s mother, who was a school teacher.

The Seton Library became the city’s 21st library location. The building includes the Hopewell Early Learning Centre with a decommissioned Alouette III helicopter, provided through partnership with the Hangar Flight Museum, which children will have the unique opportunity to explore.

Suncor Energy Foundation made a $1.6M donation in support of Indigenous programming and cross-cultural learning opportunities.

We achieved $1M raised through the Windows of Opportunity campaign, which gave Calgarians the chance the inscribe a window in the Central Library.

With a significant financial donation from Cenovus Energy Inc., we officially launched the Cenovus Classroom at the Central Library.

We held a sold-out Locked Library event in the Central Library with 1,200 participants.

21,500 unique supporters have given to the Calgary Public Library Foundation since 2011. That’s more than 1 out of every 100 Calgarians.

The Julia Turnbull Terrace, located on Level Four of the Central Library was named in recognition of Julia Turnbull’s generous gift to the Library.


Our Programs

How We Do It

Donor funded programs provide crucial services to Calgarians, including children of all ages, adult-learners and new Canadians. Programs include: Words and Wiggles supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Reading with Royalty supported by ATB Financial, Conoco Phillips Reading Buddies, Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, Welcome to the Library supported by RBC Foundation, Library School supported by Cenovus Energy.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

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