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We’re all in this together. While we’re all staying at home, you can stay in touch with all guidelines released by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local City of Evanston government.

Let’s stay connected and to do what we can to support one another. Please take a look at these local response initiatives and decide if you can lend a hand:

Contribute to a local charity or cause 

Donate to the City’s stock of COVID-19 supplies

Volunteer to check-in on your neighbors

Support our business community 

Support meal delivery service to residents


The Library will be closed until further notice. We are following guidance regarding closure, event cancellations and social distancing from the Illinois Department of Public Health to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The library will continue to modify services as needed to best serve you. The most current updates will be posted on our website. 

  • All library materials currently checked out are now due June 1.
  • All book drops are closed until the Library reopens.
  • All EPL library cards set to expire in March, April, and May have been extended until June 1.

Our social worker can provide support and help navigate services: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. Call Christina Mendez at 847-448-8659. Please leave a message. She or another mental health provider will return your call.


Resources for Ebooks and Eaudiobooks: HooplaDigital Library of Illlinois/Overdrive and Libby. (Running out of Hoopla borrows? Good news! Now they’ve added bonus borrows for you in every format.) 

Streaming Movies: Kanopy has more than 30,000 of the world’s best films to stream on computers, tablets, and other mobile devices.

New! Unlimited Access to TumbleBooks which includes TumbleBooks for KidsAudioBookCloudRomanceBookCloudTeenBookCloud and TumbleMath.

Check out The Great Courses on Kanopy and Hoopla.

New to the Digital Library? Call for help at 847-448-8630.Check out the EPL YouTube channel for video tutorials on our digital offerings. A Library Card is needed for many digital resources. Don’t have one? Get a temporary library card


The work of the Evanston Public Library mirrors the community as a whole. Take a look at our 2019 Annual Report to learn how we continue to deliver high-value programs for Evanston. We continually work to redefine what kind of place a library is. The Library is all of us.

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The United Nations is issuing a Global Call to Creatives. Take a look for more information on how you can use your skills to help spread public health awareness during the pandemic.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is providing assistance to those in need during the pandemic. They’re also calling for donations from those able to offer support.

Have questions about employment? Illinois Legal Aid Online’s FAQs have information on unemployment insurance, taking time off of work, and more.

The City of Evanston has compiled resources for businesses going through these rough times in the Evanston Edge newsletter, including online marketing strategies, grants and loans, and information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. 


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. Go to their website or call 773-292-4988 for more.

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


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 Telephone Topics provides phone programs about everything from architecture to yoga, from healthy habits to live performances. 

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


Now’s the time tofill out your 2020 Census! It will shape resources for children and your community over the next decade.Federal funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, & roads is based on census data.


Doug Haight is our latest guest on The Check Out podcast. He has been photographing Evanstonians who are experiencing homelessness.Check it outwhere you listen to podcasts or atepl.org/thecheckout. So many other great Evanston guests to hear on The Check Out!


When Caryn Eldridge started coming to our early childhood literacy programs three years ago as a new mother, she says she discovered an entire community of friends developed through the Library and acquired a greater sense of connection to the Evanston community. They call their group “the Class of ’34”—which is when their youngest children will graduate high school.

We hope communities like this one are staying strong right now. We have to continue supporting each other even when we can’t be together!

Read our most recent EPL Teen Newsletter and EPL Kids Newsletter

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