Calgary Public Library Welcomes New Café Partner

Calgary Public Library is pleased to announce Second Cup as the new food and beverage partner for Central Library. 

Second Cup is the largest Canadian specialty coffee retailer and this will be the third location operated by local business owner Gurpreet Grover. Grover will be operating both the interior coffee kiosk and exterior café spaces at Central Library.  

“Providing quality service and creating community connections are values that we share with Gurpreet Grover and we’re excited to see Second Cup develop a new café experience at Central Library,” says Heather Robertson, Director, Service Design and Innovation for Calgary Public Library.  

Grover is the current café operator for Edmonton Public Library and is very familiar with operating in a library-based environment. With more than 1.2 million visits in 2023, Central Library is a downtown destination and new café services create a welcoming environment for everyone. 

“I am excited to work with Calgary Public Library to provide refreshment options for visitors to Central Library,” says Gurpreet Grover, Second Cup franchise owner. “Supporting our community is important to me and I look forward to building on this great, new partnership.” 

Central Library is the largest and busiest location amongst Calgary Public Library’s 21 locations, with more than 3,300 daily visitors. The interior café space is located on Level 1M beside the 11,000 square foot Jocelyn Louise Anderson Children’s Library. The exterior café space is located along 3rd Street SE. 

Renovations to the café spaces are currently underway. The interior kiosk is expected to open this Spring, with the 1,850 square foot exterior café space opening later this year.  

About Calgary Public Library 

Calgary Public Library, with over 750,000 active members and 21 locations, has been inspiring the life stories of Calgarians for more than 110 years. It is one of North America’s largest municipal library systems, with over 6.7 million annual visits and more than 17 million physical and digital items borrowed in 2023. To learn more, visit

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