2023 Reimagine Campaign

Today a Reader…


…tomorrow a leader and community builder.

These are words that the Evanston Public Library has lived by for 150 years. And we know that today’s readers become not only tomorrow’s leaders, but also advocates, friends, volunteers, partners and supporters of the public library and in our community.

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From Reader to Advocate…Friend…Partner…Volunteer…Leader…Community Builder

We all have a role to play at Evanston Public Library. It may start with a book, but Library resources are much more than that!  EPL has programs ranging from computer classes in Spanish to STEM camps designed to encourage girls and BIPOC students to consider engineering fields, game nights for the whole family, dementia caregiver support groups, and much, much more.  With your support, we are building opportunities for everyone…opportunities that can take us anywhere in the future and build stronger communities.

  • Girls holding the book "I Love My Hair"
    A gift of $10 can provide a book by an author with known underrepresented identities to give to a child during a Library summer pop-up

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Why your support matters

Your donation provides general support to the Library. The possibilities are endless, but our resources are not. As we consider the exciting possibilities for the Library’s future, we must face our financial  reality: EPL is funded at about half the amount of our neighboring libraries.

Our community loves our programs and services, but the costs to maintain these critical, equity-focused programs are increasing, and our current tax revenue cannot cover all of EPL’s expenses. Donations help close the gap between underfunding from taxes and EPL’s annual expenses. 

Donations to the Evanston Public Library are tax-deductible as allowed by law. We hope you’ll consider making a gift today — we need your support. Make your donation a recurring gift and spread your Library Love across the whole year!

Together, we are the Library. Thank you!

Make your donation a recurring gift and spread your Library Love across the whole year! 

  1. Choose the “Recurring Donation” box in the form below
  2. Select the amount and date you would like your credit card to be charged each month
  3. Fill out the rest of the form and click the green “Give Securely” button

Reach out to the EPL Development team at 847-448-8657 to discontinue your gift or change the amount at any time.


GO GREEN and give online above or call 847-448-8657 to make a gift by phone. Checks made out to the Evanston Public Library can be mailed along with our donation form to:

Evanston Public Library
Development Department
1703 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

For questions, please contact Wynn Shawver, Chief Development Officer at wshawver@cityofevanston.org or 847-448-8657.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

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