Calgary's Central Library lost about 20,000 books in last month's flood but say it is well on its way to getting restocked thanks to donations raised at a Saturday fundraiser.

Roughly 100,000 books were collected by organizers at the fundraiser, called "20,000 Books Under the Bow."

The books will be sold online to raise the money needed to replenish the library's catalogue of lost books.

Many who donated said they were driven by a desire to help their community.

"Just a desire to do something, to help make a difference in our community and that's one of the great things about Calgary is the desire to do something," said Paul McIntyre Royston with the Public Library Foundation.

"A library is sort of an emphasis of that, it's that place of community and connection."

There is a plan in place to build a new central library somewhere downtown in the next five years.

In the meantime, the hope is to get the Central Library at least partially open by September.

"We're excited to get our customers back for a perfect library experience," said April Serink with the Calgary Public Library.

Last year, more than 5.5 million people visited Calgary's libraries.