Library locations are open and accepting returns. Learn more about our Path to Reopening

Library Updates on COVID-19

Updates on our response to COVID-19 and changes to service

What to Know Before Visiting the Library

View the Library's Path to Reopening

All Calgary Public Library locations are now open for in-person visits, with health and safety measures in place. 

Does the Library require you to wear a mask inside?

Yes. As of August 1, all staff and visitors are required to wear a mask inside locations in keeping with the Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw. A single-use mask can be provided to visitors on request.

Please visit for details on what to know before visiting a location and updates to service changes and restrictions.

Returns, holds, and fines

My book is due, but I can’t come into a Library. What do I do?

As part of the Library's new Fine Free model, no fines are being accrued on any overdue item and all due dates have been extended until July 30, 2020. 

I have a hold ready; can I pick it up?

Curbside Holds Pick-up is available as a contactless service at all locations except Rocky Ridge, Nicholls Family, and Sage Hill libraries, or you can visit a location to pick up your hold.

Library Hotline

Our staff are here to answer all your questions.  Need a book recommendation, tech support, help with schoolwork, or information about current events? Call the Library Hotline at 403.260.2600 or contact us online.


What You Can Do

Keep Yourself and Your Community Healthy

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Discard used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that is 60–90% alcohol-based.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six-foot distance from other people.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms. Contact your doctor. Call 811 if you need connection to a medical professional.

Health Alerts and Information

Mental Health Resources

Visit the Wellness Desk at Central Library on Level 3 to get free support for mental health challenges and addictions. On the Wellness Desk webpage, you can find a list of community organizations that you can also access for support, and other resources.


Library at Home

You and your family can continue to use Library resources at home, including virtual storytimes, learning resources and study help, and streaming platforms for books, movies, and music.

Visit our Library at Home section to find something for every age, including recommendations from our librarians.

Start exploring