EPL named a charter member of New Faces of Library Makerspaces national collective

EVANSTON, ILL. – The Evanston Public Library has been named a charter member of the New Faces of Library Makerspaces project, a collaboration to build a diverse collective of library makerspace professionals to share ideas and grow makerspaces across the country. Makerspaces can take several forms, from dedicated spaces with tools and materials for building […]


You’re invited to the Community Shareback!

Last fall, nearly 200 Evanstonians helped the Evanston Public Library embark on a journey to advance its equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, meaningfully engage communities, and build community relationships through a series of listening engagements.  Now, the EPL is inviting the public to learn what we at the Library heard and how that feedback and […]


Proof of vaccination required to enter libraries starting Jan. 10

Beginning Monday, Jan. 10, individuals 18 years and older will be required to show proof of vaccination status to enter Evanston Public Library facilities in line with a citywide mandate designed to slow the current surge in COVID-19 cases.  Patrons will be asked to provide photo identification if they are 18 years of age or […]


Announcing Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List of 2021!

Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce the results of our incredibly hardworking 101 Great Books for Kids committee! In 2021 we still felt many of the residual effects of 2020 throughout the year. Our library didn’t return to full-time hours until the Summer. Many publishers opted for PDFs rather than physical copies of advanced […]


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 […]



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