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March 27  

As life begins to shift into this uneasy new normal, the Library is a reliable source of information. We are a click or a call away. Reach out to us. We are here to serve your information and literacy needs.

Answers to some of Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

Each week, while the Library is closed, we’ll send you a Monday newsletter geared to kids/families and a Thursday newsletter than has more general information that can inform and help during this time. Read our latest Kids Newsletter and our latest Teen Newsletter


Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an at least 60% alcohol-based hand rub if soap and running water are unavailable. Work to stop touching your face. (It’s hard.) 

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing. Throw out the tissue.

Avoid contact with equipment used by other people and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Practice social distancing.

Make a plan for your household.

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus while Grocery Shopping and While Pumping Gas. 

Evanston Park and Playgrounds are closed during the Stay at Home Order to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

What to do if you are sick


Don’t have a Library Card? Get a temporary card online.

All Library books are due April 13. Bookdrops are open at all locations EXCEPT Robert Crown Library Branch.

All EPL cards set to expire in March and April will be extended 30 days. 

Our social worker can provide support and help navigate services. Starting March 30, expanded hours: services are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call Christina Mendez at 847-448-8659. We encourage you to leave a message. She or another mental health provider will return your call.

Take advantage today of our incredible 24-hour digital library with HooplaDigital Library of Illinois, and Kanopy which provide ebooks, eaudiobooks, comics, streaming movies, children’s educational programs, and more. These free services can help educate, entertain, and inform.

Here is a complete list of our large variety of digital resources


Tax filing is delayed until July 15, 2020. Get more information from the Illinois Department of Revenue and  the Internal Revenue Service.

The Metropolitan Tenants Organization can answer questions related to landlord-tenant problems including repairs, heating, hot water, pests, evictions, and security deposits. Click here to learn more or call 773-292-4988.

Get information about Unemployment Benefits and how to file for them. 


Check out this video to learn about Mango Languages, a free online resource that can help you learn a different language online. Click here for a Spanish version of the video. See all videos describing how to use helpful digital resources. More coming!


Doug Haight is an Evanston based photographer and video producer. He has been photographing people who are experiencing homelessness in Evanston in partnership with Connections for the Homeless, Interfaith Action, and the Perspective Gallery. Learn more about: Connections for the HomelessInterfaith Action of Evanston, and Perspective Gallery. 

Here’s news on community collaborations to help Evanston’s homeless as reported by Evanston Roundtable.

Kudos to Fifth Ward Alderman and local hero Robin Rue Simmons who has opened up her own property to house the homeless. 


Need someone to talk to? Well Connected offers a wide array of conversational programs over the phone every day, facilitating engaging discussion and enriching learning.

Mather offers a similar service, Mather Telephone Topics, providing phone programs about everything from educational programs to music reviews. 

Need to restock grocery items? Many stores are implementing new measures to keep older customers safe. Check senior shopping hours  here.


The City of Evanston, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and ETHS District 202 are partnering to provide youth meals. Read more, or call 847-448-4311. 

Go to Evanston Aid a place to get and give support, especially for those in marginalized communities.

Comcast is providing free in-home, high-speed internet access for low-income households and free access to XFINITY WiFi hotspots for anyone. Get more information.


Put the wind in your wings! The falcons are back! Take a peek at our live falcon cam. Looks like the pair is trying to figure out which pillar looks good for this year’s nest. Social distancing is NOT part of their plan, but it must be part of all of ours!