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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Capilano Library




A new library complete with serene views and natural light will be a place Capilano residents can call their own come early 2019. The new Edmonton Public Library Capilano Branch will be a ground-floor location at 9915 67 Street NW, which will help overcome accessibility challenges of the current site on the second floor of Capilano Mall. The new branch will serve approximately 167,158 visitors annually, up from 139,298 today.
Edmonton’s Fulton Ravine will border the new library. The 60-meter wide forested area will divide the property into an east side facing 67 Street and a west side facing Terrace Road NW. Beyond the beautiful setting, visitors to the branch will have access to the ravine zone – a seated study space featuring the ravine as a backdrop. Community rooms with private and semi-private meeting and study spaces will also offer this view.
Other new features include:
- 24-hour material returns
- Ground-floor access
- Makerspace
- Quiet study room
- Larger community program room
As with all EPL building projects, we are targeting a minimum LEED Silver rating for this new location.  The use of sustainable building materials, proximity to public transportation and parking capacity are key factors that will contribute to the building’s LEED rating.
Progress Updates
(May 4, 2017)

  • You’re invited to join EPL CEO Pilar Martinez and Councillor Ben Henderson break ground on the new Capilano Branch. Join in the fun as we put shovels in the ground for the first time to mark the official ground breaking of Capilano. Food and beverages will be provided following the ceremony.
(March 20, 2016)
  • To help with traffic flow, a one-way street northbound on 67 Street between 99 and 101 Avenue will be converted to a two-way operation. This will take place prior to the start of construction, which is scheduled for early 2017.
  • To allow for safe and easy access to the site, a pedestrian-activated signal will be installed on the east side of the intersection of 101 Avenue and 67 Street.
  • EPL will be dedicating 1% of the capital budget to public art which will involve extensive community engagement.
(Fall 2015)
  • EPL and the City of Edmonton have hosted two public information session about the new Capilano Branch. The latest one took place on Monday, June 1, 2015 where we wanted to gather feedback from the community, as well as share information about the project.  A report was produced to document what we covered at the meeting, including questions from residents and answers from organizers. Additional information is available through the Community Librarian.

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