On March 13, 2013, the Edmonton Public Library celebrates 100 years of service to our great city.
We’ve come a long way since 1913 when fewer than 20 staff over two branches served a population of 67,000 Edmontonians, and books were all you could find on our shelves.
Today 600 staff across 17 EPL locations serve the diverse needs of our growing city, providing essential services, collections and programs, touching the lives of thousands of Edmontonians each and every day. Public libraries are a powerful force in the economic, social and cultural well-being of a vibrant society.
We are proud of EPL’s extraordinary accomplishments over the past 100 years – from the very first bookmobile in North America in 1941 to Canada’s very first off-site library lending machine in 2010.
EPL has been one of the most progressive forces in the city’s history and continues to set the standard for innovative, community-led services. And we’re just getting started.