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.


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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