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Anyone who has not recently visited the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., should give it a try.

The Library continues to evolve to reflect changing technology and the interests and needs of those it serves. In addition to its nearly half-a-million book collection, the four-story Library also serves as a meeting place, offers computer access and free-WIFI, provides resources for small business entrepreneurs, helps job seekers gain valuable tools, gives children and teens a place to explore and much more.

Regardless of age or interests, the Library’s dedicated and skilled staff will match patrons with what they need. In addition to their passion for guidance, they have an intimate knowledge of authors, tech sources and research tools so patrons can find popular books or timeless classics.

Ebook readers will enjoy the free ebook collection; more information is available at

Parents and grandparents will enjoy the Library’s youth services. Families can enjoy popular films and story-times for a variety of ages. These free programs offer families a chance to unwind and bond. As for the visual collection, Youth Services recently added a feature film collection. Educational and short-films are also available that highlight popular children’s characters, including Dora and classics like Charlie Brown.

There is even a space dedicated exclusively for teens called The Loft. Currently, the Loft is serving as a homework and writing center from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Loft staff and volunteers help teens with researching, proofreading, and college essay writing. Evanston teens can also use Brainfuse, a free online tutoring service that provides help with math, science, English, writing, Spanish, social studies and ACT/SAT test prep, either in the library or from home. The Loft also offers books, videogames, computers, events and programs. 

Those on the job hunt can use the Illinois WorkNet Center (www.worknet located on the third floor of the Library which provides one-on-one job counseling sessions, basic computer skills and entrepreneurship assistance. The Center is open Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is available by calling Illinois WorkNet at 847-448-8649.

The Library has something for everyone, whether starting a small business, interested in new technology such as ebooks or just wanting to curl up with a new book. The quest ends here, where information is available to match almost any interest and expand everyone’s imagination.