Library Closure FAQ

Is the library open?

  • The downtown Evanston Public Library (1703 Orrington Ave) is open for limited computer use only during these hours: Tues 10-3 / Wed 3-8 / Thurs 10-3 / Fri 10-3 / Sat 10-3.
  • Robert Crown Branch Library is open Sat 10-4 / Sun 12-6 / Mon 2-8.
  • CAMS and the North Branch are currently closed to the public.
  • Learn more about Our Reopening Plan.
  • Sign up for Library eNewsletters for updates.
  • To speak directly with library staff call 847-448-8630: Mon 9-5 / Tues 9-5 / Wed 1-9 / Thurs 9-5 / Fri 9-5 / Sat 9-5 / Sun 1-5.

How do I get books or movies?

With an Evanston Public Library Card…


What if I don’t have a library card or my library card is expired?


Can I get books or movies from other libraries sent to EPL for me to pick up?

  • No, unfortunately delivery between libraries is suspended until further notice.

How do I return items? Will I be charged an overdue fee?

  • In the book bins outside the downtown Evanston Public Library building (1703 Orrington Ave.), you can return items 24 hours a day.
  • Items can also be returned at the Robert Crown library during its open hours Sat 10-4 / Sun 12-6 / Mon 2-8.
  • At this time, we are not accepting returns at North or CAMS libraries.
  • Evanston Public Library does not charge overdue fines.
  • All material due dates have been extended until August 1, 2020.

I need to use a computer. How can I do this?

  • The downtown Evanston Public Library (1703 Orrington Ave) is open for limited computer use during these hours: Tues 10-3 / Wed 3-8 / Thurs 10-3 / Fri 10-3 / Sat 10-3.
  • The Robert Crown library also has computers available Sat 10-4 / Sun 12-6 / Mon 2-8.
  • On a first-come first-serve basis, you can use a computer for up to 45 minutes per day.
  • Printing free-of-charge for up to 10 pages a day.
  • Masks are required at all times and will be provided to those who don’t have one.
  • Need a different day? You can use a computer for up to 1 hour on a first-come first-serve basis at Chicago Public Libraries. Sulzer Regional Library at 4455 N. Lincoln is the closest that has a lot of computers.

I need wifi. How can I get this?


I need tech help. Can someone help me?

  • Call 847-448-8630 to get immediate help or to make a 45-minute appointment with one of our 1:1 Tech Trainers.
  • You can also sign up for Technology classes.

I have a question. Can I talk to someone at the library?

  • Call 847-448-8630 to speak directly with library staff.
  • You can also email or chat  or use our E-mail Reference Form to send your research questions.
  • Hours: Mon 9-5 / Tues 9-5 / Wed 1-9 / Thurs 9-5 / Fri 9-5 / Sat 9-5 / Sun 1-5

What library programs are still happening?


I used to get help at the library. How do I find these social services?

Visit our Social Service Resources page to find information on how to:

  • Talk to our Library Social Worker
  • Contact the Certified Healthcare Navigator
  • Resolve Housing Issues
  • Find Food Pantries and much more

When will Books On Wheels resume?

  • Books on Wheels deliveries are suspended until further notice.
  • We will announce when we resume this program. Sign up for Library eNewsletters for updates.

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