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Two hours. Four murders. One missing book.


Gather a team of fellow detectives and prepare for an evening of exploring, sleuthing, and puzzle-solving in the iconic Calgary Central Library. Enjoy the thrill of the chase, whether you’re a seasoned puzzle-solver or a first-time detective. Prizes await the sharpest minds and quickest thinkers, so make sure you’re at the top of your detective game.

This is the 12th edition of Locked Library—our most riveting fundraising event! All proceeds from this event will support life-changing programs and services at the Calgary Public Library.

Imagine being immersed in a real-life mystery, surrounded by the captivating ambiance of the Central Library after dark. Picture yourself and your team of cunning detectives exploring the twists and turns of every level of one of the world’s most stunning architectural marvels. This isn’t just an event; it’s an adventure that will challenge your intellect and spark your curiosity.

Puzzle difficulty is geared towards adults. While families have successfully escaped the Locked Library before, we recommend this event for ages 12+.

Doors open at 7:00PM, Game begins at 7:30PM and players have two hours to solve the murders, find the missing book, and escape the Locked Library!


Puzzles, friends, a ticking clock.

Welcome to your new obsession.

Locked Library is the ultimate puzzle-solving extravaganza. This is your invitation to attempt the wildly popular Locked Library, an ongoing series of massive escape events that have challenged players — as many as 1,300 playing simultaneously — to solve an elaborate series of puzzles before time runs out.

Yes. While some of our previous virtual games had one access pass per team, the live Locked Library events require one ticket per person attending. All proceeds from this event will support life-changing programs and services at Calgary Public Library. 

We recommend a team size of 2-4 players for the most engaging experience. You don’t need to purchase your tickets at the same time—you can sort into your teams on arrival to Central Library.

No, your online purchase is recorded in our system and we will be checking people in at the entrance.

We will provide you with a package when you check in. Your mobile device and a sense of humour can help and ensure that everyone has a good time.

No…and that is part of the fun! This game is designed to challenge even the best puzzle-solvers. Usually only half of participants complete the game! Will you take on the challenge and become part of this exclusive group!? Good luck!

While puzzle difficulty is designed for an adult audience, we have heard from many families who have enjoyed playing together as a team and working collaboratively. We do not recommend this activity for children playing alone, as it is challenging! Recommended for ages 12+.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for this event.

Yes, a selection of non-alcoholic beverages (coffee, tea, water, juice) will be available to purchase along with light snacks. All proceeds support Calgary Public Library.

🎟️ Early Bird Tickets: Don’t Miss Out! Get ahead of the game and secure your spot to unravel the secrets of Locked Library: The Book Case. Early bird tickets are now available at $30/person, but like any great mystery, they won’t last forever. Click the link above to grab your tickets before they vanish like a well-plotted clue on October 28.

Regular ticket price is $40/person starting October 29.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. To learn more, please contact:

Tamara Smith
Senior Manager of Donor Partnerships