The Calgary Public Library Foundation launched its Windows of Opportunity Campaign in 2017.

Windows of Opportunity was a unique way to support the Calgary Public Library system. Calgarians could submit an inscription for the windows of the Central Library at three different levels and be part of the building that the world was watching when it opened on November 1, 2018.

With more than $1 million raised and 2,500 window inscriptions , the Windows of Opportunity Campaign closed on November 4, 2019.

Funds raised provided:

  • flexible funding to the Calgary Public Library;
  • expanded collections;
  • support for areas like the Create Space;
  • projects like the Short Édition Short Story Dispenser in LUKES café; and,
  • much, much more.

Certificate of Appreciation

As a token of our thanks, donors to the Windows of Opportunity Campaign received a downloadable certificate that could be printed and framed.

Limited Edition Architectural Sketch

Individual and Generational Windows purchasers also received a limited edition print featuring a sketch of the Central Library by Craig Dykers, lead architect and founding partner of Snøhetta.

Snøhetta is one of the world’s most sought-after architecture firms and was named the 2016 Architecture Innovator of the Year by Wall Street Journal. They place experience at the heart of their process, and have gained national recognition from projects such as the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Ryerson University Library.


Can I still purchase a Central Library window?

Unfortunately, Windows are no longer available for purchase – the last batch of inscriptions was installed in December 2019.


Why are the names only on the windows for a limited time?

The high-quality vinyl that will be used for the names has a lifespan of ten years; Generational Windows will be replaced to ensure that they last 25 years, or a generation.


Will my name/phrase/quote appear on the window glass?

Permanently etching or marking the windows would interfere with the ceramic frit, which helps reduce solar heat gain and contributes to the building’s LEED Gold Status. Installing the messages on the mullion (window frame), allows us to retain the integrity of the windows.


How will I be able to find my window?

Generational and Personal window purchasers have been notified of their approximate window locations.

All Group windows are located in the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery.


My window inscription is in a location I don’t like. Can I have the placement changed?

Placements cannot change for windows after purchasing.

Group Window

All group windows are located in the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery. Windows purchased at this level have not been provided with a predetermined location. We encourage you to wander the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery to find your window and continue to explore the rest of the Library.

Personal Window

Windows purchased at this level are placed on a first come, first served basis.

What was the Windows of Opportunity Campaign? 

The Windows of Opportunity Campaign was an initiative from the Calgary Public Library Foundation allowed Calgarians to leave their mark in the new Central Library by purchasing a window.


Why did you fundraise for the new Central Library? Wasn’t it completely funded?

The new Central Library building was paid in full, so the Library Foundation raised funds to activate the inside of the building and support the entire Calgary Public Library system. These donations helped to ensure critical programs and services continue to serve Calgarians and supported new innovative ideas.


Why were there three different levels?

To ensure that this fundraising was accessible for most, we offered windows at three different levels:

  • $100 Group Window – The donor received up to 35 characters (including spaces) that will be placed with others on a rectangular window in the Welcome Gallery (1st floor) of the new Central Library for 10 years.
  • $2018 Personal Window – The donor received up to 100 characters (including spaces) that will be placed on an individual geometric window for 10 years.
  • $5000 Generational Window – The donor received up to 200 characters (including spaces) split across two panels of a geometric window for 25 years.