Library locations remain closed until March 10. Curbside pickup and exterior return chutes are open. More information at COVID-19 Updates

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There are so many reasons to become a Library member

Your Library card gives you free access to books, movies, music, online learning tools, programs, and so much more.  

It’s easy to sign up online. 

Learn something new from home 

Discover all that your Library offers without ever leaving the couch. Keep your kids busy with crafts and activities, tune in to virtual programming, get study help, or check out our treasure trove of free online resourcesThere’s something for everyone.  

Welcome to your Library at Home

Our Digital Library is extensive. With 100+ online resources, there’s lots to explore and discover. 

Our collection of online learning resources make studying a new language, hobby, or skill easy and fun at any age. Students can also connect to school support and fun learning activities. 

Explore the Digital Library

Browse and borrow to your heart's content

Borrow eBooks and audiobooks from our collection, or check out free resources to browse magazines, newspapers, and graphic novels. There are book and magazine options that are simultaneously available, so there’s no holds or waiting!

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Broaden your binging horizons

Choose from over 30,000 titles on Kanopy, including the Criterion Collection and The Great Courses. Younger viewers can find hours of entertainment on Kanopy Kids, with TV shows like Sesame Street and Max & Ruby. Check out award-winning cinema from the National Film Board of Canada using NFB Campus, or listen to your favourite tunes on Freegal Music.

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Print for free, in black and white or colour.

Your Library card gives you $5 of printing per month, which you can use during our temporary closure at select curbside pickup locations. Seriously.

Print at the Library

When you visit the Library, there’s free services and spaces for everyone: 

  • Use a computer, borrow a laptop, or access free Wi-Fi.  
  • Print for free, in black and white or colour. 
  • Attend free programs for every interest. 
  • Book free meeting rooms to gather and learn. 
  • Play a board game with your friends or family 
  • View Indigenous Placemaking installations 
  • Visit with the author, artist, or historian in residence 
  • Take a tour of Central Library
  • Kids can learn through play in 12 different Early Learning Centres
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Live outside of Calgary?

If you live outside of Calgary, there are several ways you can access the Library’s resources. Review the options to see what works for you.