We're currently offering Library Express Checkout (in-person holds pickup and access Hits-to-Go) at most branches. We also have some exciting news: you can now place new holds and late fees for library materials have been permanently discontinued!  Learn more.

EPL Reopening

We know you miss us, and we miss you too!

We appreciate your patience as we move towards reopening, and thank you for your support and understanding.

Our priority is, and has always been, the health and safety of our staff and customers as we develop our plans. We can’t wait to see you back in our spaces soon! In the meantime, bring the library to you with EPL from Home, where a world of endless possibilities await you.

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Reopening Plan

We have taken our first steps towards a phased reopening. We are currently providing Library Express Checkout, a self-service approach to accessing library materials. You can visit select EPL locations in-person to pick up your holds or access Hits-to-Go and Staff Picks collections.

EPL will continue to adhere to public health measures in place with limited in-person access, modified hours and reduced branch capacity, as well as physical distancing restrictions.

We are also working with social agencies to provide access to public computers for communities with digital access challenges. We are committed to meeting your needs where possible while following the public health restrictions that are in place.

We are actively preparing for our reopening in collaboration with the City of Edmonton and Alberta Health Services. Libraries are listed in Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy and EPL has developed a phased approach with safety guidelines and physical distancing protocols in mind.

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Library Express Checkout

We can't wait to see you again! Introducing Library Express Checkout, a self-service approach to accessing library materials. You can visit select EPL locations in-person to pick up your holds or access Hits-to-Go and Staff Picks collections.

Branches offering Library Express Checkout will have reduced hours, branch capacity, and physical distancing measures in place to adhere to the guidelines set by Alberta Health Services. The health and safety of our staff and customers remain our top priority.

Library Returns

If you have materials you would like to return at one of the locations offering Library Express Checkout, please use the outside 24-hour material return chutes to return any borrowed items. Items will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before they are processed as recommended by the Canadian Urban Library Council and Provincial Government.

Placing New Holds

New holds can be placed starting on Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

EPL Goes Fine Free

Great news! The EPL’s Board of Trustees passed a motion to discontinue late fees for library materials effective immediately. Eliminating late fees will help Edmontonians during this challenging time and will permanently reduce barriers to accessing our resources and services. All existing fees are forgiven, and we look forward to welcoming you back into the Library when we open.

Customers who are able to pay their fines are encouraged to pay it forward and make a donation to the Library at epl.ca/give. Funding for EPL builds foundations for early literacy, increases digital literacy, provides services for newcomers and job seekers and so much more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Covid-19

Frequently Asked Questions

Reopening - Covid-19

Edmonton Public Library Update #4: COVID-19 Response

EPL Goes Fine Free to Reduce Barriers and Support Community
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