Great libraries shape great cities. Public libraries provide amazing essential services in the communities that they serve all over the world.

EPL is a gathering place for people and ideas, and enables a lifetime of learning, engagement and possibility for every member of our community. But many families still face barriers that impact their ability to fully use everything the library makes available. The global pandemic has made access even more challenging.

Donate here to support families in building strong foundations of literacy and learning that will deepen their relationship with reading and the Library.

Ready. Set. READ!

Can you imagine a house without books? For many children in Edmonton this is their reality.

Ready. Set. READ! is a new EPL early literacy initiative in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. It will deliver new books to children every month from birth to age five. These books are theirs to keep forever — for many children, this will be the first book they have ever owned.

Learn more about Ready. Set. READ!

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Your gift of $5.50/month will help gift a child their very first book.
Your gift of $5.50/month will help gift a child their very first book.

Why Give?

We’re bigger than our buildings. We strengthen neighbourhoods and communities by creating connections. We go beyond traditional and physical boundaries to foster relationships and build dynamic, responsive library services.

A child’s love of reading starts at home. Parents are their children’s first teacher. Research shows programs that place books in children’s homes are an effective tool in supporting early literacy.

The first five years of a child's life form the foundation for their development and learning, which impacts a child’s academic, economic and social success. Every experience matters, shaping their brain and capacity and attitude toward learning.

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Ways to Give


Donate Now

By Mail

Fund Development
Edmonton Public Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW
Edmonton AB T5J 2V4
Printable Donation Form

By Phone


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Frequently Asked Questions


  • While EPL core operations are funded through the City of Edmonton, some emerging programs and initiatives are funded through donations. EPL’s donors' generosity has helped support past projects such as the Welcome Baby program, epl2go literacy vans, and the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library. 
  • Yes, tax receipts are issued for gifts over $20 once the donation has been processed.   

  • EPL is a responsible and accountable steward of public funds. With your donation, we hope to raise $1,000,000 by the end of 2021 with fundraising costs of 20%.

    Donations from this year’s campaigns will be used to support EPL’s priority projects which will provide learning and literacy resources to help meet our community’s growing and diverse needs. The Edmonton Public Library is incorporated in Edmonton, Alberta and our central branch is located at 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton AB T5J 2V4. Please reach out to our Fund Development team at 587-588-9034 or for more information.

  • Yes, you can donate in memory or honour of a loved one on our online form here. All donations in memory or in honour will be included in our annual report.

  • We currently accept donations online, by mail or in-person at one of our locations.

    Mailed donations can be sent to:

    Attn: Fund Development

    Edmonton Public Library

    7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

    Edmonton, Alberta

    T5J 2V4


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