Over a six-month period around 16,500 Calgarians voiced their opinions online and in person regarding the city’s new Central Library and the future of the library system in general.

“Calgarians responded with enthusiasm, passion and inspiration,” said Janet Hutchinson, Calgary Public Library Board Chair. “They clearly see their libraries as essential to helping create complete communities and feel strongly that they are a symbol of inclusiveness, hope and growth.”

Two phases of public engagement took place within the six-month period, Think Big! asked Calgarians to identify their top priorities for the new Central Library and the Calgary Public Library system. Dig Deep! took place between September and November with more than 50 face-to-face opportunities provided for Calgarians to talk about the future of their libraries in more detail.

“Calgarians told us the new Central Library needs to be a symbol for the community,” said Alderman Druh Farrell who also sits on the Calgary Public Library Board. “They want a welcoming and inclusive place that is attractive, provides relevant, up-todate programs and offers flexible, functional meeting spaces.”

The new library is set to be located in Block 127 of the East Village just east of City Hall.