Latest From the Library

The Evanston Public Library welcomes the more than 1100 Evanston residents who have become new library card holders since mid-March. 

Take advantage of Curbside Pickup to check out books and other Library materials. Browse the catalog or let a librarian help you choose by calling 847-448-8630.

The Robert Crown Library Branch is now open with Saturday, Sunday, and Monday hours. Get the details

Main Library Reopens Aug. 11 with New Safety Procedures and Capacity Limits

The Main Library at 1703 Orrington Avenue reopens its doors for visitors to browse the collections, check out materials, and use technology, on Tuesday, August 11. We continue to offer contact-free curbside pickup services at the Main Library for those who are not ready to enter the building.

There’s a lot to know about how visits to the Main Library will be different. These changes are for the safety of our staff, patrons, and the whole community, so get all the details before you head over.

Read more: What you can expect when visiting, how we will work together to stay safe as a community, new service hours, capacity limits, and more. 

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Providing Evanston Teens with Summer Projects, Goals, and Virtual Gatherings

Tyler Works, of the Library’s teen Loft space, has been making good use of new technology for summer programming this year. 

Various sites allow groups to stream shows and videos together by linking their accounts, and also have chat features so groups can discuss what they’re watching. He’s also been putting up tutorials and livestreams on YouTube for his video game design group, allowing participants to watch, or re-watch, them anytime.

While Tyler says misses the energy and sense of community that comes from in-person gatherings, the numbers for the virtual meetings have, so far, been holding steady. “People have kept coming back,” he says, “so I think that is a positive sign.” Read more


Library Board Meets August 19

The Library Board of Trustees will meet virtually, Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 pm. The future of Library branches will be discussed; the Racial Equity Task Force will be in conversation with the Board on “defining a new vision.” The agenda and zoom link will be available in advance of the meeting. 


Eddie Glaude in Conversation with Imani Perry: A Virtual Literary Event

Evanston Public Library and Bookends & Beginnings are thrilled to host (virtually) Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, with Imani Perry, author of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons.

In Begin Again, Glaude looks at James Baldwin’s world and sees our own moment reflected back. A searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, the book is a powerful interrogation of who we take ourselves to be and what we must ask and do in order to call forth a new America. Perry has called Glaude’s book “an unparalleled masterpiece of social criticism.” Registration required. Wednesday, August 12, 5 to 6 pm


More Virtual Events

Language Cafe. Join us for language conversation practice and intercultural exchange. Meeting will take place online through Zoom. Please register. Saturday, August 8, 1 to 3 pm

Friend of birds? This wonderful panel discussion, “Birds Need Our Help!” with local experts, film clips, and more has been recorded for you to watch any time.

View all upcoming technology classes for August including learning to Build Your WebsiteiPhone and iPad Tips and Tricks, and Starting a Successful Online Business

Zumba Familar. Venga a bailar Zumba con la Sra. Rosa Velazquez! Apto para niños chiquititos, adolescentes, y adultos! Learn more. Saturday, August 8, 6 pm

Live Chat with NASA’s Artemis Team. Join us as we hear about the Artemis program to put humans back on the moon! Register. Tuesday, August 11, 10 am

View all upcoming August programs. 


Just a Few of the Virtual Resources Available to You with Your Library Card

Search U.S. Census records from 1790-1930; Evanston city directories from 1890-93; immigration records; birth, marriage, and death records; and old telephone directories from around the country.

AfriGeneas: African American Genealogy on the Web

This web site is devoted to the advancement of the science of African American Genealogy and genealogical study of other Ethnic Studies by Dr. James M. Rose, alias Dr. Roots.

Booklist Online

More than 25 years of recommended print and audiobook reviews, features, interviews, spotlights, and classroom connections. 


Enjoy more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including indies, film festival favorites, and documentaries, to stream on computers, tablets, and other mobile devices. Start instantly at


Assistance Available

The Evanston Care Network is a one-stop resource that allows residents to search for free and low cost local services including childcare, job training, housing, food, and more. Visit the site or call the Library at 847-448-8630 for help.

SCORE Free Small Business Mentoring: Volunteer business leaders work with you to help start or manage a business, handle Covid-19 and more. Make appointments online at or contact for scheduling assistance.

Looking for work? Seeking employees? Need job training? Check out Illinois WorkNet.

Discover City of Evanston Resources during COVID-19.


Learn about antiracism work with this resource list we’ve curated for all ages, and this one for young children. Read our statement on a recent incident involving the Confederate Flag on Lighthouse Beach.