Stanley A. Milner Library Revitalization
In the fall of 2014 City Council approved $62.5 million for the revitalization and renewal of the Stanley A. Milner Library with $52.5 million committed from the City of Edmonton and the expectation that $10 million come through community support and fundraising.
Opening in 1967 - and renamed in 1996 in honour of library champion Stanley A. Milner for his lifetime of commitment to EPL - this branch is the heart of EPL and downtown. The Milner library receives over 1 million visits each year from Edmontonians of all backgrounds and with a variety of interests. The revitalized downtown library will help build a thriving, vibrant downtown, and serve as a key component in Edmonton's economic prosperity.
Read more about what we have planned.
Between the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 EPL will continue to reach out and gather feedback from the community to help shape the plan for the downtown library. A preliminary timeline for the road ahead is included below.
Since 1992, EPL’s Calder Branch has served a diverse clientele of about 20,000 residents. The branch is in a small space in a strip mall at 12522 132 Avenue, and it doesn’t meet the growing demands for study and community space.
We need to provide programming, adequate collections and the full range of services offered at other branches, so we’re planning to relocate the Calder Branch from its current 5,330 sq. ft. space to a new 10,000 sq. ft. stand-alone LEED® Silver certified facility. Moving (and nearly doubling our size!) will achieve small community branch standards and meet the needs of an expanding, vibrant community.
The proposed location for the new Calder Branch is south of Wellington Junior High School, at the intersection of 127 Street and 131 Avenue. Close to the current location and easily accessible by foot, vehicles and public transportation, it’s also exposed along 127 Street.
We’re thrilled about this move because it supports the rejuvenation of surrounding neighbourhoods and will grow out partnerships with schools and community organizations.
One of the design goals of the new Calder Branch is to make an engaging space we can all celebrate, learn and be active community contributors. We’ll have a welcoming forecourt with mineral surface, seating and designed planting. Super green garden spaces will be in the surrounding park area and extend the library into our backyard.
Other key features planned for the new Calder Branch include:
- Larger community room, quiet study room and flexible program space
- Collections that meet community needs
- Comfy chairs, collaboration space and a central reading area complete with a fireplace. Yes, a fireplace.
- Freshwater aquarium in children’s area
- Ample public parking with easy access and 24-hour book return
- 20 public computers with free Wi-Fi and three early literacy stations
EPL and the City of Edmonton had a public information session on the new Capilano Branch Monday, June 1st, 2015. We wanted resident feedback and to make sure the community had all the information they needed.
A report was produced to detail what we covered at the meeting. It includes questions from residents and answers from organizers.
The proposed new Capilano Library would help overcome the physical challenges of the current location and improve our community presence, allowing for a full range of EPL programming and services. The proposed new location is at 6225 101 Avenue NW and will serve approximately 17,250 visitors annually.
We’re aiming to achieve a minimum LEED Silver rating. The project is set up to receive several points for sustainable sites. Credits include proximity to public transportation and lots of parking capacity.
An awesome feature of the new location is part 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 interior of the new Capilano Library will have a ravine zone—a seated study space with the ravine as its background—plus community rooms with private and semi-private spaces.
Other new features include:
- 24-hour book return
- Ground level access
- Water fountain
- Makerspace area
- Quiet study room
- Community program room
As part of its 2015-18 Capital Budget, Edmonton City Council approved $3.5 million for the design of the Lewis Farms Recreation Centre, Library and 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 a new recreation centre to be developed based on a growing Edmonton west suburban area.
Needless to say, we love collaborating with our city. This will be the third joint recreation and library facility between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Public Library. The first were the Clareview Branch and the Meadows Branch.
The Lewis Farms Community Facility and Park will serve a population of about 40,000 – 80,000 residents. The closest branch is the Lois Hole Library.
Based on consultation and early planning, the Lewis Farms Recreation Centre and Library will include: aquatic facilities, twin arenas, a fitness centre, jogging track, gym and multi-purpose spaces.
Share your thoughts on the new Lewis Estates Branch by completing this short questionnaire. We welcome your feedback and want this recreation centre to be as amazing as possible.