When you think of a library, you probably don't associate it with massive crowds and lineups. However, Calgary's new library has been a game changer. Calgarians are completely obsessed with the New Central Library in the city's downtown. The library officially opened to the public on Thursday, November 1st.
Thousands of people came to check out the brand new library on opening day, according to CTV News. Lineups were around the block and it was absolute mayhem. Calgarians clearly couldn't wait to see the gigantic new library for themselves.
"Nobody uses libraries anymore"— Dan Olson (@FoldableHuman) November 3, 2018
The lineup to get into Calgary's new central library wraps around the block. pic.twitter.com/QC0kpxFOfY
The library is breathtaking, but its beauty came at a serious cost. The library cost $245 million dollars and took several years to build. Public consultations on the library started over a decade ago, in 2004, according to Canadian Architect.
Despite the high price tag, the library is unlike any other in Canada and the city is already in love with it. The massive 240,000-sq-ft library boasts a modern design and is situated in downtown Calgary. There are over five levels and around 600,000 items to explore.
New Central Library also has multifaceted uses, aside from being just a library. There is a cafe, study spaces, a small climbing wall, a performance hall, a Tech Lab, Indigenous Placemaking and more.
Check out some of the reactions from Canadians to the New Central Library. Even people from other parts of Canada expressed their love for the new library.
#Calgary's new central library is a wonderful space. I'm so grateful to be part of a city that takes literacy, books, reading, and community as serious civic commitments. Great opening, @calgarylibrary! #HelloCentral #YYC pic.twitter.com/8BIHHazf2B— Kit Dobson (@KitDobson) November 5, 2018
I predict this will be the most photographed building in #Calgary ! The new Central Library is an amazing building inside and out. Kudos to all of those who made it possible #HelloCentral https://t.co/z4BXzVkpwf pic.twitter.com/ruGl4gxeXi— Rogelio Ferreira (@thinkunwired) November 3, 2018
Just back from Calgary where I visited the beautiful new central library. Let's hope the new library in Ottawa has equally inspiring architecture! pic.twitter.com/8tlI1cDxjB— Robin Walsh (@robinjwalsh) November 4, 2018
The New Central Library is located in downtown Calgary. You can find out more about the library on their website.