What’s Big, Green, and Eats Books By the Cartload?

Here at the library we have a new addition and you can see it anytime you like. Just drive down Church Street and pull into the alleyway just after Orrington. On your left, on the East side of the library, you’ll see a big green bin. It kind of looks like a drop box for […]


Book Donations Now Being Accepted at Main Library

Books are the best but sometimes even the best book needs a new home. Want to donate books for reuse or recycling? Just deposit your books in the big, green, Better World Books bin which is now available outside the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, for convenient 24-hour outdoor dropoff of book donations on […]


We are Nothing: A Film Event with Director (and EPL Staffer) Victor Callaso

Join EPL on Saturday, June 30 at 3 pm, for a screening of We Are Nothing, a film by local filmmaker Victor Collaso. The film follows young adults Alex Logan and Samantha Queen as their universes collide after the divorce of Alex’s parents and his father’s devastating illness. Meanwhile, Samantha holds a huge secret from […]


Public Library Social Work: An Emerging Field

by Justine Janis, LCSW Reprinted with permission of the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter When you hear the word “interdisciplinary” as applied to social work, you may think of collaboration with doctors, nurses, or other professionals in the medical field. Now social workers are working with a unique partner—the public library. Nationally, there […]


Discover a Bounty of Credible Digital Reference Information

By Karen Danczak Lyons, Library Director The breadth and depth of reference materials at the Evanston Public Library is outstanding – but most don’t know how much of it is digital. Being able to provide the entire community with access to credible information resources is a crucial role of any library. For good research options […]



Summer Reading Enhances Literacy of All Kinds

  By Laura Antolin, Children’s Outreach Librarian It is no secret that summer reading slows or stops the academic slide experienced by most children over the break – a slide more pronounced with children from lower-income families. But summer reading also helps children make actual gains – in reading, lifelong learning, and creativity, reinforcing curiosity […]


Automatic Renewal Means Greater Convenience and Fewer Fines

Automatic renewals have started!! Now eligible items will renew automatically, giving you more peace of mind as well as more time with library materials. So what do you need to do? Nothing! How automatic renewal works Eligible items checked out on your account will automatically renew up to 2 times. You don’t need to do […]


Evanston Organizations Join in Equity Statement

Over the past several years leading institutions across Evanston have embraced an equity agenda focusing on addressing issues of race, racism and bias. We have stepped forward to have honest and open dialogue and discussions about racial equity. We have also stepped forward to offer racial equity training opportunities that include, among others, Beyond Diversity […]


A Day in the (Reading) Life of the Library

A visit around the library, talking to staff about what they’re reading.   Mary Kling, Volunteer Coordinator The Human Stain by Philip Roth. It’s about a professor in an east coast college who hasn’t made a lot of friends. As he calls the roll in his class to learn names, he makes an innocent comment […]