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Join us for a brand-new escape room-style puzzle on April 13!

Two hours: that’s how long you have to finish a series of mind-bending puzzles and riddles at Calgary’s iconic Central Library. Explore all four levels of the building, investigate the clues, and solve the mystery!

Gather a crack team of detectives and get ready 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.

Like any great mystery, the details of the next puzzle are a secret. Be among the first to hear when we unveil the theme—follow us on social media @libraryfdnyyc.

Prove your mettle, test your skills, and see if you can escape the Locked Library!

All proceeds from this event will support life-changing programs and services at Calgary Public Library.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the game begins at 7:30.

We recommend this event for ages 12+.

What is 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.

Do I need to purchase one ticket for each participant?
Yes. While some of our 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.

Do I need a copy of my ticket to gain access to the event?
Please ensure you bring a copy of your ticket, either printed out or on your mobile device.

Do I need anything to complete the game?
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.

Does everyone escape the Locked Library?
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!

Will there be snacks?
A selection of pre-packaged snacks and drinks will be available for purchase during the event.

What if I need a refund?
100% of proceeds from this event support vital programming at Calgary Public Library, which means that we are unable to offer refunds. Please note that ticket purchases for Locked Library events are not eligible for a tax receipt.

Interested in partnering with the Library Foundation to support this exciting and popular event? Contact Tamara Smith at to find out more.