Libraries are an important social institution. If you haven’t been in one recently, there are two things about them that might surprise you. First is that they have a lot more resources than you might recall. Those engineering textbooks you just dropped $500 on for you University course? They got ‘em. The second, is that most of the libraries in Calary haven’t received any new furnishings since sometime in the early 90s.
The good news is that as part of the East Village Redevelopment, Calgary is getting a brand new, $175 million dollar Central Library. Is that much money too much for a library? Probably. Does it matter? Not in Calgary, it doesn’t. After all, we’re not even finished spending $32 million on a completely unnecessary footbridge over the Bow River. All this massive budget means is that we can expect something truly grand to built up in the East Village.
Maybe something like the Kansas City Public Library?
Personally, I’m very excited about this, and it’s also important news for anyone travelling to downtown Calgary with a similar reading habit to mine (finishing a novel every 3-5 days depending on length). One of my biggest problems travelling is that, because e-readers are sent by the devil to give me headaches, I have to bring another bag devoted solely to books. Now, all anyone spending a few days in a hotel in downtown Calgary has to do is get a library card, and a virtually unlimited amount of literature is at their fingertips.
Wait. I just thought of an even better building to model our library after.
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about the Nuvo peruse the rest of the site, or check out our Facebook Page). When he’s not at his desk, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.