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Between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, the Evanston Public Library (EPL) will modify its hours of operation, as a measure to maintain its excellent customer service to its patrons and at the same time to deal with lower staffing levels.

“The Evanston Public Library has been exploring ways to maintain customer service levels while dealing with work flow and lower staffing levels,” said Library director Mary Johns. “We currently are utilizing other creative methods to guarantee that the public has maximum access to the innovative programs we provide such as using work study students, volunteers and sharing staff between library departments,” she added.

Implementing modified hours will allow the library to more effectively and efficiently utilize staff resources to provide quality customer service, according to the Library.  This allows the library to concentrate their limited staff on direct customer service during open hours. This temporary modification will be effective for about 90 days to help library staff better keep up with business and service delivery as they strive to help deal with the City’s difficult budget situation. 

The Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., will open one hour later Monday-Saturday (at 10 a.m. rather than 9 a.m.) but retain its Sunday hours. North Branch, 2026 Central St., will close two hours earlier (at 6 p.m. rather than at 8 p.m.) on Monday and Thursday and will open at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. on Saturday. South Branch, 949 Chicago Ave., will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (rather than at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday) and will open at 10 a.m. rather than 9 a.m. on Saturday.

EPL will continue to offer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week on-line at, Facebook and Twitter. A variety of online databases are available via remote access with your library card.

As always, EPL will continue to provide the same services to residents- employment workshops, computer training, films, lectures, and story times that will continue as scheduled.  All three library locations provide computers for Internet access, as well as wireless access for those bringing their laptops. EPL will continue to serve your informational needs.

The Evanston Public Library has been offering library services to the community since 1873.

Modified Hours for All Branches of the Library

Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Noon – 6 p.m. – Sunday;

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.  MondayThursday; and

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. FridaySaturday.

North Branch, 2026 Central St.

Closed – Sunday;

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. MondayThursday;

Closed – Friday; and

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.

South Branch, 949 Chicago Ave.

Closed – Sunday and Monday;

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. TuesdayFriday; and

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.