The Robert Tegler Trust Outreach Service works with EPL’s most vulnerable customers to help and empower them through literacy, education, connections and social support. Some people might not access existing social services, but visit EPL knowing it’s a safe and friendly space. Clients of the program find social support and assistance needed to manage challenges and make lasting changes towards a better life.
Outreach services at EPL include:
- Individual needs assessment
- Drop-in assistance
- Resources, referrals and advocacy
- Response to needs of vulnerable persons
Great libraries welcome everyone.
In 2011 EPL partnered with Boyle Street Community Services to launch an outreach program when an increasing number of people were seeking refuge in the downtown branch. Initially the program was supported by the provincial Safe Communities Innovation Fund.
Based on our Community-led Service Model, the program works to help and empower at-risk Edmontonians through literacy, education, connections and social support. We have also formed partnerships with the Bissell Centre and Homeward Trust to support homeless individuals in finding housing.
Some people might not access existing social services, but visit EPL knowing it’s a safe, friendly space. Clients of the program find social support and assistance needed to manage challenges, and make lasting changes towards a better life.
In collaboration with library staff, our outreach staff (all registered social workers) work out of the Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown), visiting other branches as needed, but their impact reaches well beyond the library’s walls.
EPL was awarded a 2015 American Library Association Presidential Citation for the program, and has presented both nationally and internationally on the service.
EPL helps and empowers Edmontonians through literacy, education, connections and social support. We have partnered with the City of Edmonton to offer library services as well as with community partners to connect with Edmontonians at Sir Winston Churchill Square. While an important audience are Edmontonians experiencing homelessness, the services will be open to all.
EPL on Square starts on Wednesday, August 5. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
EPL’s Outreach Workers will be on-site to provide support for our socially vulnerable Edmontonians.
Services available are:
- Computer stations with free Wifi for up to 45 minutes.
- Daily drop-in classes from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for adults, such as conversation circles, sewing repair clinics, adult storytime and bring your own book club.
- Relaxation area with single-use books, comics and magazines.
- Hand sanitization station.
We look forward to welcoming Edmontonians to our pop-up library at EPL on the Square!