A to Z World Food

Explore recipes and food culture from 174 countries. Additional features include food glossaries, food history timelines, and ingredient searches.



AfriGeneas: African American Genealogy on the Web

A site devoted to researching African American genealogy, AfriGeneas also serves as a community with its chats and message boards that include thousands of messages from people looking to find and share genealogical information.



Ancestry.com

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. Normally, only available in the library.    Remote access link during COVID-19 crisis.  Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.


Appointments for Legal Information

Evanston Public Library partners with Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) as a Legal Self-Help Center. Now, patrons can make a free, online appointment with our legal self-help navigator! Learn about the law, your legal rights, and how to go to court.  Our trained ILAO Navigator will help you:

  • Search online for answers to your legal questions,
  • Refer you to free and low cost legal providers, and
  • Show you how to find and prepare court forms

Half-hour appointments are available, via video chat or phone, on Tuesdays 12-2 PM and Thursdays 4-6 PM.  Contact the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630 to book an appointment.


Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator helps charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over thirty-four hundred charities and by evaluating the financial health of each . Includes article and blog on wise and effective charitable giving.


Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook

Find unbiased ratings, reviews, and advice on local service providers, such as Auto Services, Pet Care, Healthcare Providers, and Home Care.


Chicago Defender

This newspaper chronicles events and stories about and relevant to Chicago and Evanston’s Black communities. Also included are obituaries, photos, and advertisements. 1989 to the present.


Chicago Defender Historical Archives

Newspaper issues from 1910 to 1975, chronicling events and stories about and relevant to Chicago and Evanston’s Black communities. Also included are obituaries, photos, and advertisements.

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