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Edmonton’s new Stanley A. Milner Library to open February 2020

Depictions of Edmonton's new Stanley Milner Library renovation.
Depictions of Edmonton's new Stanley Milner Library renovation. Supplied

After three years of renovations, the new Stanley A. Milner Library will open on Feb. 14, 2020.

The library announced the opening date in a tweet on Wednesday.

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The downtown library was closed on Dec. 31, 2016 to undergo a major renovation including an exterior makeover, asbestos removal, mechanical and electrical upgrades and floor-to-ceiling second floor windows.

A temporary location was set up at Enterprise Square.

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In September 2017, Edmonton city council heard that unexpected problems — including with the foundation, mechanical systems, rebar and fire systems — were going to increase the cost of the renovation past the $69 million that was budgeted.

According to the provincial government, the estimated final cost is around $84.5 million.

A rendering of downtown Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library.
A rendering of downtown Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library. Courtesy, EPL
Designs of the Stanley A. Milner Library revitilization, May 8, 2014.
Designs of the Stanley A. Milner Library revitilization, May 8, 2014. Courtesy: Teeple Architects and Architecture Arndt Tkalcic Bengert
Designs of the Stanley A. Milner Library revitilization, May 8, 2014.
Designs of the Stanley A. Milner Library revitilization, May 8, 2014. Courtesy: Teeple Architects and Architecture Arndt Tkalcic Bengert
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017.
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017. Edmonton Public Library, Credit
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017.
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017. Edmonton Public Library, Credit
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017.
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017. Edmonton Public Library, Credit
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Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017.
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017. Edmonton Public Library, Credit
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017.
Renderings of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library are released before construction begins on the facility in Jan. 2017. Edmonton Public Library, Credit
Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization.
Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization. Edmonton Public Library
Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization.
Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization. Edmonton Public Library
Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization.
Proposed drawing of Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization. Edmonton Public Library
A rendering of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library which goes under construction in January 2017.
A rendering of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner Library which goes under construction in January 2017. Edmonton Public Library, Credit

The library was first opened in 1967 and was renamed the Stanley A. Milner Library in 1996.

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Before its closure, the branch saw more than 1.2 million visits annually.