Work hasn't even started on Calgary's new Central Library in the East Village, but the city wants to hear from the public on how they want it to look and operate.

It's asking for input on the new location as well as the library system as a whole.

Calgary Ald. Druh Farrell says libraries don't have to fit old stereotypes.

"The new libraries that we are looking at are not necessarily orderly; they are not quiet," she said. "They are [hubs] of activity where you can sit around and discuss topics. They are sort of the heart of civic dialogue in a city."

Farrell says public feedback is crucial.

"A great library is part of a great city," she said. "So we're looking at libraries in a new digital age and what does that even mean? They'll look different and they'll function differently. We can only really know that when we engage with Calgarians on what they want to have in this building."

People can complete a quick survey at any library branch or at the website calgarynewcentrallibrary.ca.