Support Evanston Public Library

Please Make Your Tax-Deductible Gift Today

The Evanston Public Library provides access to vital services every day within and beyond our walls. Your gift strengthens the community and supports literacy, education, collaboration and civic engagement. We continually adapt to community needs with our vast array of free services and resources.

Unfortunately, while the needs of our community are great, the Evanston Public Library has been drastically under-funded for decades. Our annual tax spending per resident is less than half that of our neighboring libraries. Evanston Public Library spends just $82 per resident annually, while Oak Park devotes $187, Skokie Public Library spends $176 and Northbrook allocates $178 per resident per year. When you donate, you help us have the great library Evanston deserves.

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Please make a contribution today. Your generous support helps fund our collections, job search resources, access to the internet, literacy programs, children’s storytimes, book discussions, and so much more. Help us continue to spread the power of literacy, information, skills training and technology to every corner of Evanston. You can donate online or use our printable form to make a contribution by mail or in-person.

Ways to Give

support the libraryOur Highest Priority: Area of Greatest Need

Contributions designated to the “area of greatest need” are directed to the projects and purchases most in need of additional funding based on the judgment of the Director of the Library and the Board of Trustees. Contributions are used to benefit the immediate needs of the Library and provide the Library with the flexibility necessary to respond to opportunities as they arise organically. Help us to respond to increasing demand for popular programming such as computer workshops or give us the support needed to introduce new programming such as the Special Needs Resource Fair.

support the libraryUnrestricted Support of Community Engagement, Neighborhood Branches, Children’s, Teens, or Adult Programming

To demonstrate your highest priority, please identify your interest in Neighborhood Branches, Children’s Programs and Services, Teen Programs and Services, Adult Programs and Services, or Community Engagement. We have a wide range of needs including author visits, community discussion events, movie series, writing programs, and arts and crafts. We are grateful for your support and value your involvement.

Tribute Gifts

Commemorate someone special with a contribution to the Evanston Public Library. For donations of $100 or more you may request a book plate be added to a new book in the collection. Please provide the name of the person being honored and if this is a tribute or memorial book plate. The language will read “IN MEMORY (or HONOR) of NAME.” Include the name and address of who should be notified of this donation. Indicate if you would like the book plate added to an adult, young adult, or children’s book and if you have a preference for the book to be at the Main Library or one of the neighborhood branches.

Gift Planning

support the libraryWe know there are many choices that you may consider to accomplish your philanthropic goals. At the Evanston Public Library, donors can document plans for bequest intentions, charitable remainder trusts, donor advised funds, and gift annuities. Please know we are flexible and open to a variety of giving vehicles. We will be happy to consult with you and your financial advisor to help you achieve your long term goals while creating a sustainable impact throughout the community. To explore ways in which you may partner with Evanston Public Library today, please contact Wynn Shawver, Chief Development Officer for confidential consultation regarding outright or planned giving options. You may reach her directly at 847.448.8657 or by email at

Your tax deductible donations to Evanston Public Library help enhance the collections and programs and are a fitting tribute to the important people in your life. Please send your donation along with the accompanying information to the Evanston Public Library, Development Office, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 or call (847) 448-8653.


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