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About this collection

Thanks to literary advocate Annie Davidson,the Calgary Women’s Literary Club, and a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, Calgary Public Library’s Memorial Park branch (1221 2 St. S.W.) was the first public library in Alberta when it opened in 1912. Since then the Library has seen many changes: the expansion of Calgary was met with new branches added throughout the city, we left card catalogues behind in favour of computerized systems, and our staff now serve Calgarians via chat, email, and phone, as well as in-person.   

 

As part of our celebration of 100 years of service to Calgarians in 2012, many photographs were digitized for this collection. In addition, donations from long-time staff members such as Anne Piskolti (1930-2016) have added to the collection.

 

What you will find in this collection:

  • Learn about the history of Calgary Public Library

  • Watch books, fashions, computer technology, and library services change over time

  • Check out what your local branch looked like 20, 50, or 100 years ago

 Alexander Calhoun & staff at circulation desk

 
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