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.
Hours of Operation
The Alberta Government has lifted COVID restrictions and our volunteers are keen to return, so the library is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays and the following 4 Saturdays: July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21. Open hours will be from 10 am to 2 pm.
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.
The Temporary Face Coverings/Mask Bylaw for the city of Calgary was repealed on July 5, 2021, so masks are no longer required. Most of our volunteers have been double vaccinated, so the decision has been made to make mask use the personal choice of AFHS Library volunteers and patrons. Maintain physical distancing, and if it is not possible to do so (for example when sitting together at a computer), please consider wearing a mask. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Unless marked as Reference, items may be signed out by AFHS members for a one-month loan period.
- 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 email@example.com
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.
If you have any questions about our library or to volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected Resources from Our Collection
Books about Alberta
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.”
Your search - - did not match any items.
- Make Sure All Words Are Spelled Correctly.
- Try Different Or More General Keywords.