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 Stanley A. Milner Library will help build a thriving, vibrant downtown, and serve as a key component in Edmonton's economic prosperity.
What We Heard - Gathering Feedback from Edmontonians
Getting community input from a variety of stakeholders from around the city is an important part of our planning process. We gave library customers, community members, partners and staff several opportunities to share feedback with us, and the response was great!
A detailed overview of the feedback received from Edmontonians is captured in the What We Heard report
Feedback from our customers has been a critical component in the design of the revitalized Stanley A. Milner library. Interior space planning is well under way with more space for the services our customers need and want including:
- A children’s library that is more than three times the current space, with hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities like coding, robotics and digital creation, an indoor play area, more great resources to take out and enjoy.
- A much larger Makerspace, allowing more opportunities for creating with leading-edge and emerging technologies like 3D printing, sound and video production and robotics, as well as new opportunities for fabrication.
- New spaces for creative activities like music and art will also be added.
- An additional 4,000 square feet of private study spaces and quiet reading areas including over 1,000 square feet overlooking Churchill Square.
- Over 2,500 square feet added community meeting space, which will include a community board room, supporting the growing need for community collaboration and accessible meeting spaces.
- A high-tech theatre supporting renowned guest speakers and performances, with easy access to the LRT and Churchill Square.
- A multi-story interactive simulation wall, facilitating hands-on, interactive learning as well as large-scale multimedia presentations.
Read more about our plans for the revitalized Stanley A. Milner Library.
Read how city architect Carol Belanger describes the vision for the revitalized Stanley A. Milner Library.
Recent Media Coverage
- Sneak peek at Stanley A. Milner revitalization project - Global Edmonton - January 18, 2016
- Edmonton downtown library aims to smash out of that concrete box - Edmonton Journal - February 25, 2016
- Edmonton Milner renewal imagines much brighter space - Metro Edmonton - February 25, 2016
- Changes coming to downtown library - CTV Edmonton - February 26, 2016
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.
The Stanley A. Milner revitalization is just one of several building projects EPL has underway to bring library services to even more Edmontonians. Learn more about EPL's other building projects.