A New View at Enterprise Square

By Tamsin Shute
Youth Services Librarian
Enterprise Square Branch

After moving more than 162,000 collection items, any other move now seems like a piece of cake!

Father/daughter - Enterprise Square Children's Library
Our first customers in the new Enterprise Square Children's Library!

Staff and customers alike are settling into the new space and it’s already feeling like home. While it’s a reduction in size compared to what we were used to, the new downtown Enterprise Square Branch is actually a fairly large, long branch—staff are certainly getting their steps in each day! We are averaging around 2,000 visits a day, which is half of what we saw at the Stanley A. Milner Library, in 20% of the space. Our computer stations are hopping and our hold shelves have been bursting—people are definitely using our new location!

We miss being so close to City Hall, Churchill Square and all our favourite neighbours, but it is exciting to explore a new area (even though it’s only a few blocks away) and make connections with the organizations that are our new neighbours. It’s been lovely to see regular customers follow us here and we look forward to welcoming new ones into the space as well. Every day at Enterprise Square we sign people up for new library cards and tell them about all our amazing programs and services. People especially love to hear about accessing music, movies, comics, magazines, classes and more all through our free online content. They thought all they could do with a library card was check out books!

Enterprise Square - bookshelves
This view of our new space was captured by the University of Alberta!

Pop by EPL’s new Enterprise Square Branch to record some music in the sound booth, shake a shaker in Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn, talk to an Outreach or Settlement worker, learn how to 3D print, hang out in the new family play space, or just relax and watch the buses go down Jasper Avenue through our big windows.

I have a feeling that by the time we have to move back into our new beautiful Milner Library, we will miss Enterprise Square.

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