A New Chapter for Edmonton: City Council Gives Nod to Heritage Valley Branch Expansion

Heritage Valley Branch expansion is a major boost for community learning

Edmonton, AB — The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is thrilled to announce that City Council approved its funding request for the expansion of the Heritage Valley Branch. The decision, supported by a decisive vote of 10 to 3, marks a significant milestone in the Library's journey. 

EPL received this additional funding in a challenging financial climate, which is a testament to its commitment to serving the community and its reputation as a prudent steward of public funds. Councillors noted the high demand at the current storefront location and EPL's dedication to finding efficiencies and continuous improvement as being influential in their decision. 

“It was heartening listening to the Councillors share their personal stories of how libraries impacted their lives,” shared Pilar Martinez, EPL’s CEO. “It is a wonderful reminder that championing access to EPL services is crucial to the well-being of Edmonton’s communities.” 

The news is bound to bring joy to many, as the Heritage Valley Branch receives consistent feedback from its customers about the need for more space and library resources. The existing leased storefront, spanning 3,200 square feet, experiences a level of activity that sometimes surpasses that of medium-sized and full-service branches. Sharon Day, Executive Director of Customer Experience, highlights the impressive performance of their kiosk location, stating, “Our small, but mighty branch has seen in-person program participation more than double compared to 2022, and waitlists are steadily expanding!” 

Looking ahead, EPL will finalize the lease for the Heritage Valley Branch’s new, larger space near its current location. The expanded site will feature a separate program room, study and seating spaces, more collections and more public computers, addressing the growing needs of this community. 

The Library anticipates opening the expanded Heritage Valley Branch to the public in 2025.  

EPL is grateful for the unwavering support from customers, donors, volunteers and various other ambassadors who have supported us in achieving this significant milestone. Exciting times lie ahead as the Library continues to evolve, ensuring it remains a vital hub for learning, connection and community engagement. 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Erika Nakatsui, Communications Specialist