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…
- We are offering Curbside Services for Evanston residents at the downtown Evanston Public Library building (1703 Orrington Ave).
- You can also get eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can Stream Movies and TV. If you want to read or watch on your device, check out these EPL Apps.
- Additionally, you can browse our eNewspapers and other eResources.
What if I don’t have a library card or my library card is expired?
- If you need a library card and live in Evanston, complete this simple eCard Form.
- If you don’t live in Evanston, please contact your home library.
- Institution cards are available for Evanston elementary school educators and Evanston middle and high school educators.
- Your library card will not expire while we are closed. We have automatically extended the expiration dates for all Evanston Public Library cards.
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?
- You can reserve a Wifi Hotspot. You will be notified when it is available, and then you can pick it up with the library’s Curbside Services.
- For free wifi locations in Evanston, check this map or enter your zip code to find a hotspot near you.
- Those who qualify for public assistance (SNAP, free lunch, etc.) can get 60 days of Internet Essentials free from Comcast.
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?
- To find virtual programs for all ages, visit the Attend tab on our website or our Events Calendar.
- Sign up for one or all of our Library eNewsletters for event updates.
- You can also sign up for our Summer Reading Program.
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.