During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) engaged the public with online events, activities, group chats, and a lending takeout service.
Many of these services continue to be available; however, as of August 4th all but three of the EPL locations have safely opened. With 18 open EPL branches across the city, you're sure to find one just minutes from our Edmonton apartments.
Is it safe to return to my local EPL branch?
Yes! Every location will require you to wear a mask upon entry and remain 6 feet from others. You'll need to sanitize your hands when you arrive and before using any library equipment. Browse the shelves and select the books you want to borrow. Any discarded books must be placed in a bin to be quarantined, so try to only pick up books you're really interested in.
What's accessible in branch?
Patrons can access all bookshelves for browsing and borrowing. Holds can be picked up and checked out using the self-serve checkout machines. Public computers are available, but booking a timeslot is recommended. Patrons can also use the library equipment to print, fax, and photocopy.
All EPL staff are available to help find library materials, booking computers, and creating new accounts. For more information, watch this video on what to expect during your visit.
What's available online?
The library has many online programs designed for those at staying home.
- Join a book club, with meetings held through Zoom
- Participate in Books2Buy online sales that pop up periodically on the EPL Facebook page
- Register for online events
- Enjoy a story with EPL From Home Storytime adventures read by EPL staff
- EPL From Home offers video resources along with digital borrowing
How do I return items?
All borrows can be returned through the 24hr material return chutes at any open branch location. You can renew items over the phone, online through your account, or in branch. EPL is now fine free, which means you won't be charged if you return an item late. Instead, you will receive a return reminder notice for any borrows 15 days past due. If items remain past due for 30 days, you will be billed for the replacement cost.