March 13, 2019 3:51 pm
Updated: March 13, 2019 4:03 pm

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

Depictions of Edmonton's new Stanley Milner Library renovation.

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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.

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.

READ MORE: Downtown Edmonton library moves to Enterprise Square during renos

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.

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

READ MORE: Unexpected issues raise cost of Stanley Milner Library renovations

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

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