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401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB
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New library signOn Nov 1, 2010, we opened our Central Library facility in the Strathcona County Community Centre. The Library takes up 64,000 square feet for collections, program rooms, individual and group study rooms, and staff areas. Beginning with the project's approval in 2006, library staff members worked closely with architects, designers, and County officials to make the dream of a new and improved library a reality.

The Library has something for the whole family: quiet study areas, dynamic and interactive children’s areas, a welcoming space for teens to hang out, cozy nooks for anyone to curl up with a good book. And hand-in-hand with increased space are a bigger collection, newer and revitalized -- with more books, DVDs, CDs, kits, and magazines, for all age groups and interests.

The new facility was approved in 2006 and was paid for with a combination of municipal taxes, provincial and federal supplements, and a $1.5 million Capital Campaign run by the Library for furniture and equipment. It was designed by HFKS Architects.

Learn more about Library Funding


Some of the other most exciting features of our new facility include:
  • Public art installations, including pieces by Alex Janvier and Manola Barrajo-Giner
       More Information: Alex Janvier | Manola Barrajo-Giner

       (for a time-lapse video of our art wall being installed, see Manola Borrajo - Strathcona County Library on YouTube; for another video about Manola's work, see myEdmonton - Manola Barrajo Glass)
  • A state-of-the-art automated sorter, which frees up staff for other tasks and gets checked-in items back on the shelf faster
  • Children's areas, including the Enchanted Forest for younger children: with a beautiful Reading Tree, whose leaves are changed with the seasons, and 2 wonderful program rooms (Storybook Cottage and Readmore Hall)
  • The Discovery Zone for older children, featuring story rings around the pillars designed by Marissa Kochanski, and an interactive floor projector with fun games for kids
  • A TeenZone with displays of new materials, a Wii available for the public to use, and comfortable spaces for teens
  • A Blu-Ray collection
  • A comfortable fireplace lounge with magazines and newspapers
  • Rooms of various sizes which can be used for private study or group meetings
  • More public computers, and wireless access throughout the building
  • Secure indoor parking for our Bookmobile
  • Vicky's Bistro coffee shop on the main floor, serving coffee & tea, snacks and light meals that can be enjoyed anywhere in the Library

More Photos: New Library Today | Construction

We invite everyone in our community to visit the Library and explore, relax and connect.

Learn More about the new Community Centre
[Strathcona County website]

Learn More about the History of the Library

Where is...

Where are your favourite areas in the Library? Consult the directories below or in the building, or stop by any service desk for help!

Main floor map

Main Floor Areas:

Adult Fiction and Large Print
Assistive Technology Stations
Cartoons and Graphic Novels
Large Print

Enchanted Forest
Beginning Readers
Board Books
Early Literacy Computers
Easy Information
Folk and Fairytales
Parenting Books & Magazines
Picture Books
Storytime Kits

Children's Music and Movies
Read-Along Kits

Discovery Zone for Kids
Early Chapter Books
Fiction Books
French Materials
Homework Help
Information Books

Fiction Books
Graphic Novels
Information Books
Youth Reference

Music and Movies
Book Sale
DAISY Readers & Books
Audiobooks & Playaways

Second floor map

Second Floor Areas:

Consumer Information
Easy English
Local Information

Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner
Newspapers & Magazines
People (Biography & Memoir)
Places (Travel)
World Languages

If you would like to print a map of the Library, download our Welcome Brochure.


Learn about parking options available in the Centre in the Park area.

Environmentally-Friendly Design & Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] Certification

The Community Centre incorporates many environmentally-sustainable construction techniques and building systems, including being heated by the Community Energy system. Some of the other environmentally-friendly techniques used in this building's construction and maintenance include:

  • Use of reclaimed, recycled and recyclable materials in construction
  • Approximately 80% of construction waste diverted from landfill
  • Low- or zero-emitting materials in carpet and paints
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Use of rainwater and greywater

As of June 2013, the Community Centre has been certified as a LEED Gold building.

The LEED Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a set of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Learn more about LEED at the Canada Green Building Council.

Libraries are leaders in their communities, and within the Community Centre, our new building will lead the way in demonstrating energy-saving and environmentally friendly techniques. The LEED techniques being used will also save on the costs of heating and cooling the building, which will mean future cost savings for maintaining the facility.

Download our brochure about LEED in the new library [PDF]

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401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada T8A 5P7

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