Library Renaming Recognizes Transformational Gift

March 24, 2018

Calgary, AB — In honour of a $1.5 million transformational gift to the Calgary Public Library, the Library Board renamed the Alexander Calhoun Library the Giuffre Family Library in a special community celebration today.

“The Giuffre Family has deep roots in the community and we are delighted to honour them with this library naming,” notes Janet Hutchinson, Chair of the Calgary Public Library Board. “Their investment will support free access to collections, programming and services across the city that will transform the lives of generations of Calgarians.”

“Since we came to Calgary from Toronto in 1955, our family has developed a love of reading,” says Joe Giuffre, whose family now numbers over 40. “Each of my children had an interest in a different subject. Their use of the Calgary Public Library’s world of information helped them achieve their goals. Through this investment, our family is honoured to contribute to a legacy of learning in the community.”

The Giuffre Family Library is located at 3223 14 Street SW. Later this year, the Library will announce its plans to continue honouring the public service contributions of Alexander Calhoun, Calgary’s first chief librarian and the Library’s longest-serving CEO.

“The Giuffre Family has made significant investment in our city, and we are proud to have them join our family of Add In Founding Partners,” notes Ellen Humphrey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Public Library Foundation. “With this gift, the Calgary Public Library Foundation has surpassed $324 million of its $350 million goal.”

Calgary Public Library Foundation

Add In—the Campaign for Calgary’s Library, is the largest public campaign for a public library in Canadian history. The $350 million campaign will enhance and support a system of community libraries across Calgary and is inspired by the new Central Library, which will open its doors to the world in 2018. To learn more about Add In and the Calgary Public Library’s vision to create the best public library in the world for Calgarians, visit

Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library, with 630,000+ members and 20 locations, has been inspiring the life stories of Calgarians for more than 100 years. It is currently the second largest library system in Canada and the sixth largest municipal library system in North America, with Calgarians borrowing more than 14.6 million physical and digital items and with 6.8 million in-person visits last year. The awe-inspiring 240,000 sq. ft. New Central Library — the newest gathering place for our city — opens in November 2018.

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Media Contacts:
Rachael Terner
Manager of Communications
Calgary Public Library Foundation
C: 403.680.0626

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