Welcome to Airdrie’s New Library/Multi-Use Facility coming in 2025. This new community facility and public library is envisioned to be a landmark destination that offers a wide variety of opportunities, both indoor and outdoor, for citizens to gather, connect and learn, and as a result, bring energy and vibrancy to Airdrie’s downtown. The opening of the new New Library/Multi-Use Facility is currently set for 2025 to be constructed in Airdrie’s old fire hall located on Main Street SE.
The new facility will be 85,000 sq.Ft., with 60,000 sq.Ft of library and 25,000 sq.ft. of multi-use space. The size of the new facility allows for future growth of Airdrie, as well as meeting the provincial standards and comparisons of similar sized libraries in Alberta with an estimated budget of $62,703,550.
A 2013/2014 Facility Needs Assessment was conducted and presented to Airdrie City Council, which ultimately led to Council's endorsement of a new community facility and public library as it is directly tied to Council's strategy for revitalizing Airdrie's downtown. Currently, Airdrie has one of the highest used libraries per capita with approximately 90,000 visits annually.
Over the course of 2021, public engagement activities regarding the new facility project highlighted that many Airdrie residents expressed significant interest in a multi-use space that would allow for community gathering, programming and activities.
Following this public consultation process, City Council endorsed the new Library Functional Program and Multi-Use Space Feasibility Report – the report outlines key components for the design of the needs presented by Airdrie Council and the Airdrie Public Library Board as well as provides key information such as space requirements, programming and other potential facility and site uses.