Services For Newcomers

Calgary Public Library

Provides assistance in identifying newcomer needs and offering programs, services and resources to support the settlement and integration of newcomers into Canadian society.

Service offers:

  • a platform for newcomers to meet settlement workers from immigrant serving agencies to discuss their settlement needs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Coffee and Conversation program: a drop-in interactive program to help practice every day English speaking skills
  • ESL Conversation Club: a 6-week registered program for intermediate English language learners
  • ESL Teen Talk: a program for teens to practice English with doing fun activities and meeting friends
  • special workshops including Citizenship Preparation, Buying Your First Home, Managing Your Finances, Smart Tips for Newcomers and New Friends and Neighbourhood

Affiliation: Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY), Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA), Centre for Newcomers, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC)
Yes, Service targeted to: 
  • newcomers 
  • immigrants / refugees
Application Process
Service Access: Registration Required, To access service:
  • individuals must have a valid library card in their own name
  • visit website for details

Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: No,
403- 260-2600
Web Site
English - Some programs presented by partner agencies are delivered in multi-languages. The Welcome to the Library DVD introduces newcomers to the programs in 18 languages.
Fee: No

Fee Reduction: No

Membership Fee: No

Wheelchair access: Yes - 2 designated parking spots for disabled parking and drop-off zone. Entrance accessible via ramp. Lower level accessible by elevator.
Other disabled access: Yes - Washrooms accessible. Wheelchair accessible: washrooms, computer catalogue.
Last Verified On
October 13, 2022
4807 8 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB, T2A 4M1
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Hours of Operation
10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
12:00 PM to 05:00 PM

.Closed Sunday mid-May to mid-September.