About the Calgary Public Library Foundation

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 cause as an investment for their families and the generations of Calgarians that would follow and successfully secured community support for Alberta’s first public library and obtained the financial donation from the Carnegie Foundation.

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. Funds raised by the Library 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.


Calgary Public Library Foundation
2nd Floor - Memorial Park Library
1221 2nd Street SW
Calgary AB T2R 0W5

Phone: 403-221-2002
Fax: (403) 234-8763

Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please use the back door and ring the Foundation buzzer outside of Library hours

Charitable Registration Number 87292-3537-RR-0001


The Calgary Public Library Foundation’s sole purpose is to ensure through fundraising that the citizens of Calgary have the best public Library in the world.

Our Promise

Treat our donors well
Respect donated funds
Innovate fundraising practices

Strategic Directions

Enable Discovery

  • Elevate the cause of the Calgary Public Library in the hearts and minds of Calgarians
  • Build a distinct and effective Foundation brand

Enable Investment

  • Enlarge the donor base and become a foundation of choice for giving in Calgary
  • Leverage the assets of the Library and Foundation to increase giving
  • Build partnerships for the net benefit of the Library, the Foundation, the Donor Organization and most importantly the citizens of Calgary

Enable Leadership

  • Be a leader for change in Library fundraising in Calgary and beyond
  • Maintain an active and engaged Board dedicated to the mission
  • Share our practices for the benefit of non-profits everywhere
  • Benchmark all our activities quarterly for fast analysis of opportunities to pivot

Champion Newsletter

September 2014
May 2014

Important Documents

Year in Review
Financial Statement

Year in Review
Financial Statement
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Financial Statement
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2010 Financial Statement
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2009 Financial Statement
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