Edmonton Public Library to Open More Services

New phase in reopening plan means more in-person access to library services

For immediate release:

EDMONTON, AB, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 — The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is advancing to Phase 3 in our reopening plan which includes more access to in-person library services such as computers, printing and photocopying, and more.

“We have been carefully monitoring our progress over the past few months and have received positive feedback,” said Pilar Martinez, CEO of EPL. “After successfully completing our first two phases, we now feel confident in moving to the next phase of our reopening plan”.

Phase 3 starting today in EPL’s reopening plan includes:

  • Expanded customer capacity limits
  • Access to more items in the collection and ability to browse shelves
  • Technology access (computers, printing, photocopying, faxing and scanning)
  • Expanded hours of service
  • Limited access to study rooms and seating
  • Open public washrooms

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EPL remains committed to meeting customer needs where possible while following the public health restrictions in place. The City of Edmonton recently mandated wearing face coverings in public spaces starting Saturday, Aug. 1. Guidelines set by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Health will continue to be followed at all Library locations, including wearing a face covering and adhering to physical distancing protocols. 

Throughout our closure and all phases of our reopening, customers with computer access will continue to have free and unlimited use of EPL’s digital resources through EPL from Home and can chat live with staff online at epl.ca/ContactEPL or over the phone at 780-496-7000.






About the Edmonton Public Library
The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is proud to be 2014 Library of the Year! We’ve come a long way since 1913 when books were all you could find on our shelves… and we’re just getting started! Today, EPL carries everything you care about. We are Edmonton’s largest lender of all manner of information and entertainment. Our professionally trained staff take you beyond Google with the knowledge, discernment and desire to help you navigate a universe of information. The second most visited place in Edmonton, every year EPL hosts over 15.4 million in branch and online visits across our 21 branches and website. We deliver our incredible content to you everywhere – in the library, at home or on your handheld device. Unmatched access and unrivalled value – that is today’s EPL. EPL is a registered charity and relies on donations to enhance services. Spread the words. www.epl.ca/give

For more information contact:
Marina Afonso, Communications Specialist, Edmonton Public Library