EPL Reopening

In alignment with the guidelines set by the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton, effective Friday, July 2 all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. As a result face coverings/masks will no longer be mandatory for EPL customers inside our library locations. While masks are no longer required to be worn in-branch by EPL customers, we still encourage wearing them as a reasonable precaution.

For customers unable to visit us in-person, Library Takeout Service will still be available.

Stay in the EPL loop! For latest updates, visit this page, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, sign up for our newsletter and view our list of updated branch hours by location.

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What to Expect During Your Visit

Starting on Friday, July 2, we’re excited to welcome all Edmontonians to visit us for general library use, unlimited browsing, computer access, or simply just to be in our spaces. From browsing the shelves to using our computers to hanging out with friends, EPL staff are happy to welcome you back and ready to assist you.

Most EPL locations* are open for in-branch visits. Check out the services available as of Friday, July 2 when you visit an EPL location.


Services Available

* McConachie and West Henday Promenade (Lewis Estates) locations remain closed.

Services Not Yet Available

  • In-person classes and events
  • Room bookings
  • Activity tables
  • LEGO and loose toys

Our Health Measures

The health and safety of our staff and customers remain our top priority:

  • Although masks are no longer mandatory, we encourage you to wear a mask as a reasonable precaution. Please cover your coughs/sneezes.
  • While physical distancing is no longer required between customers, we encourage you to maintain distance where possible.
  • Continue to sanitize your hands upon entering the branch and before using the computers, printers, faxes and photocopiers.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling sick or unwell.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Starting Monday, July 12, 2021, the operating hours of most EPL locations* will be:

    • Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Due to mall hours, the operation hours for Londonderry Branch are:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
    • Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Thursday – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
    • Sunday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    * McConachie and West Henday Promenade (Lewis Estates) locations are currently closed. For a full listing of hours by location, visit epl.ca/hours.
  • Yes. Library Takeout, EPL's contactless holds pickup service, continues to be available at most branches. You can access our physical borrowing collections, staff-supported printing, copying scanning and faxing as well as information services without having to come into the branch. 

  • Face masks/coverings will not be mandatory in any of our locations starting on Friday, July 2. We encourage customers to continue wearing face mask/coverings as a precaution.

  • Starting on Friday, July 2, we’re excited to welcome all Edmontonians to visit us for general library use, unlimited browsing, computer access, or simply just to be in our spaces. From browsing the shelves to using our computers to hanging out with friends, EPL staff are happy to welcome you back and ready to assist you. Check out the services available as of Friday, July 2 when you visit an EPL location.

    Services Available

  • Yes, these services are available. Please observe physical distancing markers and sanitize your hands before and after each use of equipment.

Library Takeout Service

Library Takeout, EPL’s outdoor contactless pickup service, allows you to access our physical borrowing collections, staff-supported printing, copying scanning and faxing as well as information services without having to come into the branch.

Library Takeout is available during branch hours. View a complete list of hours by location.

Please note: Once you've been notified that your hold is ready, you have one week to pick it up at a Library Takeout branch.

How It Works

Frequently Asked Questions

Library Takeout - FAQs

  • Library Takeout—EPL’s outdoor contactless pickup service allows you to access our physical borrowing collections, staff-supported printing, copying scanning and faxing as well as information services without having to come into the branch. Learn more

  • Our Library Takeout hours are as following:

    All branches (excluding Londonderry, McConachie and West Henday Promenade branches):

    • Monday to Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Thursday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Londonderry Branch hours:

    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday –10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Thursday -10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday –10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Sunday –1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • When you arrive, call the phone number posted on the exterior of the branch—be sure to stay in your vehicle or at least two metres (six feet) from the library door and other customers. Let staff know that you would like to pick up your holds and be ready to share your library card number.

    Staff will then prepare your holds and provide instructions on how to retrieve your holds once ready.

    Don't have a cell phone? Please call the branch ahead of time to let us know when you will be arriving. Upon arrival please hold up a piece of paper with your name on it at the door for staff to see from inside the building.

    Can't make a phone call? Text 587-817-0337 to make arrangements to pick up your hold at your branch. Upon arrival please hold up a piece of paper with your name on it at the door for staff to see from inside the building.

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Do you miss browsing our collection? We can help! Fill in our Personal Picks Pack form with a brief description of what you’re looking for and we'll select some items that match your interests. Available for pick up through our Library Takeout branches.

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Computer Access

Have fun or get some work done. We're good with both.

All of our public computers offer:

  • Internet and email access
  • Word processing
  • Microsoft Paint for image editing
  • Printing, including web printing (access at http://print.epl.ca/)

Our computers offer simplified printing, a familiar desktop experience, Office 2016, Windows 10, cloud access and USB ports right on your monitor.

EPL staff are happy to support you from a safe distance.

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Access free WiFi at EPL branches.

  • Make sure your WiFi-compatible device is on, and its wireless networking is enabled.
  • Choose "EPL Free WiFi" as your network and launch your web browser.
  • Read and agree to follow EPL's Public Internet Use Policy.
Computer Access

Book your public computer time with your EPL library card number and PIN. Our computers are popular, so don’t be late! If you’re more than 10 minutes late, your session will be cancelled.

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Print directly from one of EPL's public computers or print from the web using your own device.

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