"Borrow the Internet" with a Wi-Fi Hotspot


Evanston residents age 16 or older who are cardholders of the Evanston Public Library can "Borrow the Internet" through a new Wi-Fi Hotspot pilot lending program that begins May 1. Here’s how it works:

  • Check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot at the Main Library.
  • You must provide a valid photo ID: driver’s license, state ID or High School ID.
  • You can place a Wi-Fi Hotspot on hold through the EPL catalog.
  • You can borrow one device per library card.
  • Keep your Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to 2 weeks. It is non-renewable.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots must be returned to the Main Library circulation desk only.
  • $50 replacement fee for lost device. $5 a day late fee up to maximum of $20.

For more information about EPL's Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program, please call 847-448-8620.


The 2nd Annual Evanston Literary Festival

The 2nd Annual Evanston Literary Festival celebrates Evanston's vibrant literary community and rich history through more than 50 free events from May 4-14. Enjoy author talks, readings by novelists, poets, historians, and essayists, storytelling events, panel discussions on writing and publishing, storytimes for children, and a new play performance. Events are held throughout Evanston and are free and open to the public. Meet your local community of writers. View the complete festival details at evanstonlit.org.

The festival is a joint production of:



EPL & ETHS Present: Chrome Camp - Parent Edition

altSaturday, May 7,  Registration 12-1 pm, Keynote and sessions 1-3 pm, Bacon Computer Lab, Evanston Township High School

If you want to better understand the type of technology your child is using everyday and begin to master it yourself, then checkout this hands-on program offered by ETHS and the Evanston Public Library.  The afternoon starts off with a captivating keynote and then you can customize the rest of it by selecting the sessions that best fit your needs.  Options include sessions on Gmail, Google Drive, social media and to how learn just about anything using online tools.  Light refreshments will be provided, please register in advance, but you’re welcome to drop in the day of the event. Register now or drop in the day of the event.  Sessions will be available in Spanish. 

Make sure you create  a Gmail account before this event  or stop by any of the Library’s locations to get one on one assistance.



Free Legal Consultations

titleThursdays, 6 - 8 pm, Newberry Room, Main Library

Need legal advice, but don't know where to start?  An attorney from Civic Legal Corps, a nonprofit law firm, will be available for free, individual, legal consultations every week at the Main Branch of the Evanston Public Library.  Visit the Reference Desk (3rd Floor) or call (847) 448-8630 for more details, or to schedule your 30-minute appointment.  See below for areas of Law Covered Included:

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