Calgary, AB,

Incident at Central Library

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, we responded to the Central Library in the East Village for reports of a traumatic incident involving a person in a mental-health crisis.

This incident is not considered criminal in nature, however, due the public nature of the incident we are releasing details to ensure our community knows there are supports available to those who are struggling.

We recognize this incident will be upsetting to those who witnessed it. While the staff at the Central Library have been offered supports, and crisis counsellors are on site, we want to ensure that any members of the public who witnessed the incident also have access to psychological supports. Our Victim Assistance Support Team (VAST) is a free service offered to all victims of crime or tragedy. VAST can be reached at 403-428-8398, or toll-free at 1-888-327-7828.

The library remains closed today and tomorrow as the incident is investigated.