Come visit one of our best resources – our library! We welcome the public at our facility. Our volunteers look forward to helping you discover what we have to offer for your genealogy research.

We are located in Calgary, Alberta, at 712 – 16 Avenue NW. This is a few blocks east of SAIT on the north side of the street. It is in the same building as Radiocrafts. There are parking spaces directly behind the building. Click here to view Google Maps

Online Library Catalogue

Our collection (over 12,000 items) is broad but does have an emphasis on materials pertaining to Alberta, the United Kingdom, Ontario, and the rest of Canada.  Our online catalogue includes all books and reference material held in the library.

Go to AFHS Library Catalogue

Hours of Operation

Beginning on Thursday, September 2, we will be open Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm.

Please check the website calendar or call before you come (403-214-1447) as we rely on volunteers, and the changing COVID situation can affect our open times.

Come in and browse the collection and check out the new books and journals. Please note: the AFHS Library does not have the Ancestry subscription at this point in time.

As per Alberta COVID-19 restrictions, masks are required. Patrons must remain socially distanced. Sanitize your hands when you enter. Do not come if you are feeling unwell. Capacity will be limited to 4 visitors and 2 volunteers.

We will still offer curbside pick up if you prefer to not enter the library. Phone the library during open hours to arrange for this service 403-214-1447.

We close on long weekends and at Christmas. Our summer hours vary. Please check the calendar for upcoming open times or closures due to weather. Special opening times can be arranged in advance for out-of-town visitors or other organizations by contacting

Borrowing Material

Unless marked as Reference, items may be signed out by AFHS members for a one-month loan period.

Resources Available

  • Journals and newsletters (some in digital format)
  • Family histories
  • Local histories
  • General reference books
  • Maps, atlases, and gazetteers
  • The collection of Calgary Heritage Branch, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • The collection of Calgary Branch, United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada
  • Microfiche and microfiche reader

Copying & Scanning Equipment Available for Member Use

  • A multifunction ink-jet printer/scanner/copier (up to 11 by 17 inches)
  • An overhead scanner (Fuijtsu ScanSnap SV600), great for scanning fragile books or scrapbooks
  • A flatbed scanner (17 by 22 inches) which can scan slides and negatives (Epson Perfection V600)

For assistance to use this equipment, set up an appointment by emailing


We are very thankful for donations of family history materials as they are the backbone of our collection. Please read our policy document prior to bringing materials to us. It can be accessed here.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our library or to volunteer, contact

Selected Resources from Our Collection


Our catalogue can be searched by keyword, title, author or subject. This is a simple, basic search function. For best results:

      • Use as few words as possible. For example, search for “Calgary” instead of “Calgary, Alberta”.
      • If your query includes the word “and”, try using “&” instead of “and”.
      • A keyword search will produce the largest set of results. To reduce the number, try searching in only the title or subject field.
      • Results can also be refined by using a similar term or phrase in the subject search. For example, instead of searching for “genetic genealogy,” search for “DNA.”

Title Author Subject Format Call No.