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Books! Curbside pickup of library books and other materials is coming to the Main Library later in June. Watch for more information, coming soon, on the next steps in our gradual rollout of more services. The safety of our patrons and our staff is our number one concern.

Library Programs. All programs are being offered virtually. In-person programs are cancelled through August 31.

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Download the Libby App for reading books or listening to audiobooks, all on your mobile phone or tablet. Discover the convenience of digital reading. Add a new way to read and to check out books to your regular habits. Get the Apple app or the Android app.

The Digital Library with thousands of ebooks, eaudiobooks, streaming movies, newspaperslanguage learning, and research resources like Consumer Reports or is always open. Your library card number is all you need to access many of these resources. For help using the Digital Library, call us at 847-448-8630 or view our newly created video tutorials in English and en Español

More than ever, our community is in need. If you or anyone you know is need of resources related to food, shelter, health care, employment, financial assistance, mental health support, and more, Evanston Care Network provides a one-stop portal for getting help from verified providers. Explore Evanston Care Network. For further assistance using the Evanston Care Network, call the Library at 847-448-8630 or call 311. 

The Cozy Evanston Cookbook Now Available

Together, We Made a Cookbook.The desire to cook and bake as a way to connect and nurture during the pandemic has been channeled into a beautiful, brand new publication — The Cozy Evanston Cookbook for Uncertain Times: Mastering the Art of Quarantine Cooking. The ebook, put together by the Library with recipes from the people of Evanston, is now available online, free to all.

 Virtual Tech and Business Assistance 

Technology Tutorials:  iPhone and iPad: The What, Why, and How, Thursday, June 4; iPhone and iPad Settings I: Essential Settings, Thursday, June 11; iPhone and iPad Settings II, Thursday June 18. Please register. All classes 11 am to 1 pm

SCORE Northshore Small Business Mentoring: Retired executives will work with you to help solve your business challenges. Get assistance to manage the impact of the coronavirus, start or fund a business, and more. Get in touch at A mentor will contact you for a phone or video chat. You can visit their Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub online as well.

The Evanston COVID-19 Task Force Partners have put together a list of resources for small businesses.

More Virtual Conversations 

Keepin It Real Non-Fiction Book GroupIt’s a Numberful World by Eddie Woo, RegisterTuesday, June 2, 7 pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book GroupThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, Register. Wednesday, June 3, 7 pm

Language Cafe: Join us for language conversation practice and intercultural exchange. Saturdays, June 6June 13. Please register. 

Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the SF Bay Area: The Center for International and Area Studies, the Program of African Studies, the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, and the Evanston Public Library host historian Peter Cole. Please register. Monday, June 15, 6 pm

Catherine Adel West in Conversation with M Shelly Conner: Join a discussion about the novel Saving Ruby King, about violence, loss, family and trauma. This unforgettable debut novel from a South Side Chicago author is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future. Read more and register. Thursday, June 18, 12 pm

Zero Waste 101: Learn about the 5 R’s — Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot — and how to apply them to our everyday lives so we reduce waste and save money, all while staying safe and following CDC guidelines. Get ready to spark your ingenuity and have fun! Read more and get the link to attend via Google Meet. Thursday, June 18, 6:30 pm

Falcon Banding with The Field Museum

Mary Hennen, Director of the Chicago Peregrine Program at The Field Museum, holds a young peregrine falcon after banding it.

EPL Falcon Banding with The Field Museum: Join scientists Mary Hennen and Josh Engel from The Field Museum for the Library’s annual falcon banding, for the first time held virtually. This is the 17th consecutive year that peregrine falcons have made a nest at the Library. Betsy Bird of EPL is your host. Register. Saturday, June 6, 10 am

Join the Summer Reading Program

The Evanston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is ready to engage 1000s of readers across Evanston. Participants of all ages can earn prizes, meet reading goals, and dig deeper into the vast world of knowledge.

Online registration opens June 1 at, or by calling 847-448-8600, or by using the Readsquared App for both registration and tracking reading. The app is free for both Android and iOS mobile devices.

What do we mean when we say we are committed as the Library to racial equity? Read our full statement

We grieve the loss of our colleague and lifelong Evanston resident Stan Azeem. Thank you to the Evanston RoundTable for publishing this story about him.