The Calgary Public Library is unparalleled in its ability to open the doors to opportunity. It has an impact on the city’s economic and social well-being, helps to change lives, opens the doors to opportunity through literacy and knowledge and brings people together to build community.
The 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.
More than a century ago, Annie Davidson and founding members of the Calgary Women’s Literacy Club stirred our city to action and secured the public and financial support to build the first library. They saw the library as an investment for their families and generations of Calgarians that would follow. Andrew Carnegie’s donation of $80,000 in 1908 helped to build this library and lives as a legacy of one of Calgary’s first large philanthropic gifts.
The Calgary Public Library Foundation is proud of these entrepreneurial roots and we are pleased to carry on this work today. 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.
What People Are Saying
"The library is increasingly an incredibly important centre of community, not just for reading, but for all kinds of things—for people to feel and live and breathe the same air as their neighbours."
— Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary