A Public Apology

The Evanston Public Library (EPL) apologizes to the entire Evanston community for our use of racist imagery in a display designed to promote our upcoming program, “Police Reform: Progress and Pitfalls, A Mini-Course Offered by the NU Emeriti Organization and EPL,” on November 2. We acknowledge the harm this image has caused in our community, […]


Forging New Bonds at the Memory Cafe

For older people on the memory loss spectrum, life can be difficult. It’s easier to feel left out from the community and cut off from resources and support structures. But the Library is working to change that. The Memory Cafe, launched at the Library in 2018, is a program developed to support and connect those […]


Library Tech Assistants Offer a Helping Hand

The tech desk, part of the Innovation and Digital Learning department, has always been on the front lines of the Evanston Public Library’s service to the community. Located on the Main Library’s third floor, its team is tasked with assisting patrons in using the computers, printers, and other technological services available to them. But beyond […]


EPL Releases 2020 Annual Report / EPL informe anual 2020

Evanston Public Library has released its 2020 Annual Report, “The World Changed: Evanston Public Library Reimagined.” The report, describing a pandemic year like no other we’ve seen, is available now online in both English and Spanish. (Comunicado de prensa en español a continuación.) The annual report reflects the tumult of 2020: the pandemic response, the call to racial justice, […]


10th Ward Lit: A New Literary Magazine from EPL!

The Evanston Public Library has officially launched a brand-new literary magazine, 10th Ward Lit, dedicated to showcasing the talented and diverse voices of writers all over Evanston. Why 10th Ward Lit?  The name was chosen because the Library is a space for all residents of Evanston’s nine wards to enjoy equitable access to resources — and is also a […]



Cardboard Carnival Builds Kids Up for Success

by Joshua Perry, Northwestern-Medill class of 2023 A lot of kids are sick of logging onto Zoom by now—thanks to almost a year of online classes, the thought of staring at a computer screen has never been less appealing. But in recent weeks, students have been getting up in the morning, getting back in front […]



Read 2021

After a challenging year in 2020, staff at the Evanston Public Library once again invite you to join us in a year-long reading challenge: READ 2021. With this second year of our challenge, we hope to move beyond the genres and authors we typically read, explore new territory, get outside of our comfort zones and […]


Food Available for Those in Need

 The City of Evanston has put together a list of food resources and mobile, pop-up food pantries  available to residents at no-cost. To qualify, residents must either have loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, be ineligible or waiting approval for SNAP benefits, or have not applied for SNAP benefits and need assistance to apply. […]


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