Educator Services

Cardless Teacher Checkout

Educators from Evanston schools and youth serving organizations can check out library materials for their classrooms on a permanent account dedicated to their school or organization. Let us select books, audiobooks, DVDs or STEAM Kits for you, or stop by the Main Library to make your selections.

Request Form

Educator Checkout Rules:

*One checkout at a time of up to 15 items, including books or audiovisual materials related to the requested subject, is allowed. Exceptions may include seasonal topics (ex. apples, fall) or topics several classes are researching simultaneously.

*High demand topics are limited to 5 books and one DVD. Holiday materials are not available for teacher checkout.

*All items from a checkout must be returned before another teacher checkout is initiated.

*New requests/additions to the original request cannot be processed until all items from previous Educator Checkout are checked in.

*Lending period is four weeks (two weeks for STEAM Kits). Returns are accepted to the Circulation Desk at the Main Library on or before the due date. The due date may be extended when possible, with advance notice.

Please email questions to: or call 847-448-8644

STEAM-To-Go Educator Kits (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math)

Enhance your curriculum with one of our STEAM Educator Kits.  Each kit comes with a classroom set of equipment, supportive books and a binder of curriculum ideas and additional resources. Kits available are: Drones, Sphero Bolts, Ozobots, Little Bits*, Makey Makey, Lego WeDo*, K’NEX Simple Machines*, and Snap Circuits*.*Kits made possible through a generous Foundation 65 grant.


  • Fill out a STEAM Kit Request Form below
  • Limit one kit at a time per teacher
  • Checkout for four weeks, can be longer depending on demand.
  • Kits can be picked up at the Children’s Desk at the Main Library and returned to the Circulation Desk at the Main Library

Request a STEAM Teacher Kit for 6-12th Grade

Educator Services for Grades 6-12

To schedule or inquire about any services listed for grades 6-12, please email or call 847-448-8644

Tours and Visits

Bring a small group, class or a whole grade for a tour of the Main Library or either of our two branches.  Tours can include an orientation to the library, the Teen Loft, library website, library catalog, as well as booktalks or online resource demonstrations. We can customize the visit to meet your students’ needs.  Can’t make it to the Library? We can come to you!

Booktalks/Book Trailers

Booktalks can get students excited about new and different titles. We tailor in-school booktalk presentations to your groups needs. For something more hands-on, Teen Services staff can show your students how to layout, film and edit their own book trailers inspired by books they’ve read for class.

STEM Explorations (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Introduce your students to 3-D Design and printing, coding, simple circuits or other hands-on STEM activities that relate to your curriculum. Host a Maker Faire or collaborate on an inquiry based learning project.  Teen services staff will share the Library’s STEM resources, equipment and expertise to help you and your students explore STEM and use it to solve real world problems.  We can lead classes, help run stations or offer one-on-one assistance.

Online Research Tools and Database Demonstrations:

Library staff can connect your students to reliable research resources for their projects and help them wisely navigate the immense world of information. Demonstrations can be customized to your curriculum. Examples include accessing free ebooks, eaudiobooks, comics and more through your device or finding the best resources for a paper from our article databases.

Professional Development

Teen services staff are available for one-on-one training for teachers with online resources and databases, Library tours, booktalks, and STEAM tools and equipment. We are happy to collaborate with you.


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