Edmonton is growing rapidly and EPL is keeping pace. We have several approved library building projects at various stages of planning, design and construction. From brand new libraries in new locations to renovations and expansions in existing communities, we're growing to serve our customers and communities even better than ever!
EPL is embarking on a journey to revitalize the Stanley A. Milner Library. The downtown library is an important place for Edmontonians to connect, learn and belong. With over over one million visits each year, investing in a revitalized Stanley A. Milner Library is a critical component in a thriving and vibrant downtown and a key component in Edmonton's long-term economic prosperity.
Our goal is to renew the entire library with an emphasis on building an innovative and community-centered public space better equipped to meet the growing and changing needs of Edmontonians; with the added benefits of increased safety and energy efficiency.
We want to share what we are doing and get your feedback. Join us to learn about library trends from around the world, explore the possibilities for change within the downtown library, and contribute to the vision for the space.
Tuesday May 12, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lower Level Stanley A. Milner Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Stay Tuned For More: This session will be followed later this month by interactive sharing sessions at EPL locations across the city.
Tell Us What You Think!
We would love to hear what you think about the proposed changes to the Stanley A. Milner Library. Please complete the short questionnaire where you can give us your feedback and comments.
About EPL's New Mill Woods Branch
The new Mill Woods Library, Seniors and Multicultural Centre will be situated in the immediate vicinity of the Mill Woods Town Centre and Mill Woods Transit Centre at 2610 Hewes Way. The new library is planned to be in the order of 25,000 square feet, almost double the size of its current location (approx. 12,800 square feet). The new branch is now open to the public.
New Branch Features
- Four quiet rooms
- Over 45 public computer stations
- Mini maker space
- Burgeon interactive play structure for children
- Fire place
- Two art pieces including a cast iron mural by Montreal artist Jordi Bonet.
- 24 hour return chute
In 2010, the Mill Woods Branch was the second most visited EPL branch with nearly 633,000 visitors (a 5.6% increase over 2009). Items borrowed from the Mill Woods Branch increased by 19% during this time with over 1.2 million items borrowed in 2010 ranking it third among all EPL branches.
The Mill Woods Branch serves an area of about 84,800 people. Currently, the Mill Woods Branch is the only library branch serving residents in the City's southeast, defined as the area south of 63 Avenue/Argyll Roadand east of Gateway Boulevard.
Mill Woods is a culturally diverse community, with many residents speaking languages other than Canada’s two official languages of English and French. The 2006 federal census shows that non-official languages are the mother tongue of 29% of the target area’s residents, as compared to 26% of Edmonton residents. As well, 17% of the Mill Woods Branch service area’s population speaks a non-official language most often at home, which is higher than the City figure of 13%. The 2006 Canada census data also indicates that compared to Edmonton as a whole, the residential neighborhoods of the Mill Woods Branch service area have a higher percentage of immigrants, with 28% of the population having been born outside Canada, as compared to 23% for the City of Edmonton.
The Mill Woods Branch works collaboratively with Mill Woods agencies and organizations to provide programs and services that meet identified needs, particularly those of newcomers and immigrants of all ages.
The cast iron mural formerly found at the north entrance of the Stanley A. Milner branch will be transported to the new Mill Woods branch. The mural was done by Jordi Bonet, a well-known artist from Montreal. Mr. Bonet's works can be found in many Canadian buildings, in particular the Place Ville Marie in Montreal.
There are ten sections to the mural, each weighing 1100 pounds. Shapes and figures are integrated into the mural. The dark surface was attained through burnishing and glazing. The work measures 10 x 20ft. the cost of the mural was $23,000. The project was commissioned for the opening of the Centennial (now Stanley A. Milner) branch in 1967. The mural is currently in storage and will be moved to the new Mill Woods location soon.
In the News
Calder is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Originally an independent town housing workers for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, it was incorporated into the City of Edmonton in 1917. Many of the houses from that era still serve as private residences for Calder citizens today.
The Calder Branch of the Edmonton Public Library serves an extremely mixed clientele of approximately 20,000 residents and encompasses the neighborhoods of Athlone, Calder, Kensington, Lauderdale, Rosslyn and Wellington. The west-east boundaries of the branch catchment area are St. Albert Trail and 97 Street; the north-south boundaries are 137 Avenue and Yellowhead Trail.
The Calder Branch is currently located in a small leased space within a retail strip mall at 12522 132 Avenue, where it has been operating since 1992. The existing branch is unable to meet the demands for study and community space, and limits the library’s ability to provide programming, adequate collections and the full range of services offered at other branches in the city.
EPL and architects Manon Asselin (Manon Asselin Architecte) from Montreal and Marc Boutin (The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc.) from Calgary envision the new Calder Branch as a welcoming, inviting space that encourages community gathering, conversation, studying and learning, exploration through play (for children and others), reading, listening and viewing, and use of computers and library services. The library space will be designed for maximum customer convenience and comfort, as well maximum workflow efficiency.
This building project will relocate Calder Branch from its current leased space of 5,330 sq. ft. to a new 10,000 sq. ft. stand-alone LEED® Silver certified library facility that will meet the needs of a growing community and achieve the standard for small community branches. The increase in library space will result in increased usage by the community. This will support rejuvenation of the surrounding neighbourhoods and expand active partnerships with schools and community organizations.
The proposed location for the new Calder Branch is south of Wellington Junior High School located at the intersection of 127 Street and 131 Avenue – a short distance from the existing location. This proposed site is easily accessed via foot, private vehicle and public transportation, and has the added benefits of exposure along 127 Street.
One of the design goals of the new building will be to create an engaging, welcoming and inviting space where people of all ages can come together to celebrate, learn and be active contributors in their community. The proposed design will showcase an intimate relationship between form and the environment in which it is situated as a means of celebrating the important role the library plays in the community. The architectural consultants envision library customers being at the centre, the banquet table as opposed to the bookshelf, emphasizing the customer service focus. The central gathering point in the library will radiate into a series of branches or “arms.” The proposed sequence and arrangement of spaces in the library design share some similarities with the historical railway pattern that gave birth to the town of Calder more than 100 years ago. The iconic building will act as a community hub and will branch out on the site, symbolizing the library reaching out into the community.
The new library will be a dynamic, adaptable space, where visitors can quickly identify where to locate the service they need. The design will emphasize the importance of natural light with large windows and glazing on all sides of the building. The building will take full advantage of the extensive southern exposure that is available on the site. There will be a welcoming forecourt with mineral surface, seating and designed planting. Various garden spaces are envisioned for the surrounding park area to extend the library out into the landscape and complement adjacent programming areas.
Other features being planned for the new Calder Branch include:
- Larger community room and flexible program space
- Quiet study room
- Collections that continue to meet community needs
- Central reading area with fireplace
- Freshwater aquarium in the children’s area
- Ample public parking with easy access to the entrance and 24-hour book return
- 20 public access computers, plus three early literacy stations
- Comfortable seating, reading and flexible collaboration space
We would love to hear what you think about the new Calder Branch. Please complete the short questionnaire where you can give us your feedback and comments.
(Manon Asselin Architecte & The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc)
The proposed new Capilano Library would help overcome the physical challenges of the current location and strengthen the library's presence in the community, allowing for the full range of EPL programming and services. The proposed new branch location is at 6225 101 Avenue NW.
The Capilano Library serves the Capilano, Forest Heights, Fulton Place, Gold Bar, Ottewell and Terrace Heights neighbourhoods. The library will serve approximately 17,250 visitors annually.
The current Capilano Branch is located in a small leased space on the second floor of the Capilano Mall. The existing branch is unable to meet the demands for study and community space, and limits the library’s ability to provide programming, adequate collections and the full range of services offered at other branches in the city. The only way to access the current library is by elevator or staircase. If the elevator is down it can cause problems for library users with mobility issues.
The defining feature of the new site is a portion of the Fulton ravine, a roughly 60 meter wide forested depression that divides the property into an east side facing 67 Street and west side facing Terrace Road NW. The remainder of the site is relatively flat with a slight slope toward the ravine.
The proposed interior of the new Capilano Library will have a ravine zone which will be a space for study and seating with the ravine as a background. There will also be community rooms along with a collection of private and semi-private spaces.
Other new features will include:
- 24 hour book return
- Ground level access
- Water fountain
- Makerspace area
- Quiet study room
- Community program room
The new Capilano Library will aim to achieve a mimimum LEED Silver rating and hopes to exceed it. The project is well positioned to recieve several points for sustainable sites. Credits include proximity to public transportation and parking capacity.
Other possible credits include alternative transportation such as bicycle storage and fuel-efficient vehicles, and open space maximization. The consultant team also plans to use regional and recycled materials with the possibility of adding points for rapidly renewable materials and certified wood products.
We would love to hear what you think about the new Capilano Branch. Please complete the short questionnaire where you can give us your feedback and comments.
(Group 2 and Patkau Architects)
As part of its 2015-18 Capital Budget, Edmonton’s City Council approved $3.5 million to support the schematic design of the Lewis Farms Recreation Centre, the Lewis Farms Library and the Lewis Farms District Park.The Lewis Farms Facility and Park was identified in the 2005-2015 Recreation Facility Master Plan and the Medium Term Recreation Facility and Sports Field Plan as one of the new recreation centres to be developed based on anticipated growth in the City’s west suburban area.
The Lewis Farms Community Facility and Park is expected to serve an area population of approximately 40,000 – 80,000 residents. The closest branch to that area is the Lois Hole Library. Based on consultation to-date and preliminary program planning, it is expected that Lewis Farms Recreation Centre and Library will include: aquatic facilities, twin arenas, a fitness centre, jogging track, gym and multi-purpose spaces.
We would love to hear what you think about the proposed Lewis Farms Branch. Please complete the short questionnaire where you can give us your feedback and comments.