Edmonton Public Library - Stanley A. Milner Library, Edmonton

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4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
The Stanley A. Milner Library is the main library for Edmonton Public Library. It is located on the southern side of Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton, near City Hall, Edmonton City Centre mall, the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, and the Citadel Theatre. As a central location in Edmonton, the library often takes part in various events held at Churchill Square. In 2010, the library held an outdoor book sale in the square, selling aging and duplicate materials to the public. The Stanley A. Milner Library has a number of meeting rooms and a small theater in the lower level, that are used for library programs and can also be rented out by the public. The building is directly connected to the underground pedway network and to Edmonton's LRT. A number of ETS bus routes also serve the library along Harbin Road (102 Avenue) and 100 Street. Underground parking, run by the city, is also available.The Stanley A. Milner Library is also a centre for assistive services. Specialized magnifiers, projection reading rooms, large print books, braille material, voice dictation stations, and specialized computers are available as part of the library's mission to provide information access to all.HistoryThe Stanley A. Milner Library was opened in 1967 on the southern edge of Churchill Square. The site of the library was originally home to Market Square, Edmonton's main square and city market from 1900 to 1965. Although the square and market were considered a hub of Edmonton's community, the city wished to create a more dedicated civic centre. The city had already built and relocated city hall to its current location in 1956 and, in conjunction with the new art gallery completed in 1969, the library was designed to form part of this new centre.
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  • I always go there to borrow books and DVDs. Selection is broad and there so many to choose. They also have rare DVDs that you only could watch at Metro or Princess Theatre. If you don't have fancy cab...  read more »
  • All of the surrounding buildings have seen some renovations so this building will as well the library is slated for renovations. This is the central and mail library for Edmonton. In addition to the b...  read more »
  • Great selection of books, magazines and movies! People who work there are very helpful and nice all the time 
  • Wonderful place. Great selection, more than a parent could ask for kid section wise, friendly staff, wonderful resources, and fantastic drop in programs.As for the homeless "problem" it is really not that bad, there is a security guard there if any real problems arise, and most people that come in off the streets are there to access resources to help them find jobs, homes, health care etc. The public library is for everyone. Please don't let some of these reviews stop you from going to this location, it really is a great spot . :)
  • Lots of reading material to choose from - very large sections, lots of reference books. Lots of library programs. Great location nestled in the middle of downtown. Loses one star because I once fell asleep while reading and the librarian called the police on me, 3 policemen escorted me outside and treated me like a criminal - completely unnecessary (had many appointments downtown including jury duty and a writers meeting). This library has a reputation for homeless and questionable people wandering in.
  • This EPL has a lot of security on standby and patrolling which is very relieving to see since so many distinct people come here. The washrooms could be updated and be kept clean.
  • The EPL itself as an institution is great, and the staff is excellent, but you have to tolerate being accosted by zombies at the entrance.
  • What a waste of the taxes we pay. This library has everything a modern library is supposed to have. I love the size of this library, the books' collection, courteous & helpful staff, children's library, and other facilities. But extremely unfortunately, it has been a home of homeless natives. The problem is not their existence but their behavior. They are usually intoxicated and hence unreasonable. To elaborate, they are abusive, disrespectful, provocative, and noisy. I like to go to libraries to read and work, but I never find a silent study space in this library; either someone talks on phone, someone talks to himself, and visitors are generally disrespectful and don't maintain silence. If you want to study then don't go to this library, if you must then don't go without ear plugs.
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