Explore recipes and food culture from 174 countries. Additional features include food glossaries, food history timelines, and ingredient searches.
For young learners (ages 2-7+), this comprehensive online educational resource has more than 4,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities. (In library use only)
Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources. Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.
Hundreds of periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including labor publications, women and children’s magazines, and scientific, professional, and literary journals.
Search U.S. Census records from 1790-1930; Evanston city directories from 1890-93; immigration records; birth, marriage, and death records; and old telephone directories from around the country. Only available in the library.
Evanston Public Library partners with Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) as a Legal Self-Help Center. Now, patrons can make a free, online appointment with our legal self-help navigator! Learn about the law, your legal rights, and how to go to court. Our trained ILAO Navigator will help you:
- Search online for answers to your legal questions,
- Refer you to free and low cost legal providers, and
- Show you how to find and prepare court forms
Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 PM for 30 minutes. Contact the Reference Desk at 847-448-8630 to book an appointment.
This database is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends, relatives and more.
Auto Repair Source provides library users with the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date “do-it-yourself” service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
Scholastic BookFlix pairs video storybooks with real-world information to help new readers build a love of reading and learning. Also includes interactive games to help build vocabulary and improve literacy.
Britannica Escolar le ofrece recursos de referencia en español en dos interfaces exclusivas — cada una con una enciclopedia adaptada a las necesidades del lector: Britannica Escolar para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.[This site offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students.]
Almost three million images from top international collection, rights-cleared for educational use.
An up-to-date reference center for all ages–kids, teens, and adults–where you can conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects. Store your research in your own personal “My Britannica” account. If you need images for your assignments, check out Britannica’s Image Quest.
Britannica Moderna le ofrece recursos de referencia en español en dos interfaces exclusivas — cada una con una enciclopedia adaptada a las necesidades del lector: Britannica Moderna para los estudiantes de preparatoria y universidad.[This site offers resources in Spanish for high school and college students.]
Business Source Premier provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
Find unbiased ratings, reviews, and advice on local service providers, such as Auto Services, Pet Care, Healthcare Providers, and Home Care.
Newspaper issues from 1909 to 1975 chronicling events and stories about and relevant to Chicago and Evanston’s Black communities. Also included are obituaries, photos, and advertisements.
Explore Chicago history through local news, events and people with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.
Read the full text (minus photos and illustrations) of the Chicago Tribune and browse back issues.
Newspaper issues from 1849 to 1998 chronicling events and stories about and relevant to Chicago and Evanston. Also included are display ads, classified ads, obituaries, and more.
Explore and stay informed on Chicago area topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, and political and social issues.
Consumer Health Complete is designed to help users gain an overall understanding of key topics across the health and wellness spectrum — from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
In addition to thousands of ratings of consumer products, you can find expert reviews and buying advice; product comparisons and video clips, and even user reviews. New and used car ratings and recommendations are also here.
Find current and archival issues of this weekly Chicago business newspaper.
Thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Download ebooks and audiobooks to your computer or mobile device using the Libby app.
If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, digitallearn.org has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.
Search and view the full text of eBooks on a variety of subjects.
Full-text database providing popular middle school magazines, reference e-books, and thousands of primary source documents and videos. Subjects include history, current events, science and sports.
Primary Search is a full-text database of carefully curated content for elementary school libraries. It includes full text for the most popular children’s magazines, e-books, and easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids.
A research experience designed specifically for schools and public libraries. Provides unique, age-appropriate content and an optimized search experience for a variety of EBSCO databases and database packages, such as those listed below, as well as other popular EBSCO resources (e.g., EBSCO eBooks).
Encyclopedia Britannica now called Britannica Library. Access this resource using the link below:
Free online version of the award winning reference work on Chicago’s history and culture.
This has been Evanston’s principal weekly newspaper since 1925. Full-text access to digital archive, 1925 to present with downloadable page images displayed from 1925 to 2009. Print and microfilm archives also available on 2nd floor of the Main Library.
Find articles and worldwide library holdings of books through WorldCat.
Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online are databases of grant information produced by the Foundation Center. They are available for unlimited use only within the Main library at every Internet workstation and over the Wi-Fi network on a user’s personal device.
Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online are databases of grant information produced by the Foundation Center. They are available for use only within the Main Library using one of our public computers or a personal device through the Library’s Wi-Fi.
Search across multiple directories simultaneously. Titles include Gale Directory of Early Stage Investment, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, and Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations, and many more.
Provides students with cross-curricular and authoritative content to empower development critical thinking …
Science In Context is a Gale database with hundreds of today’s most significant science topics, showcasing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues.
Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.
Gale offers a variety of resources for education, lifelong learning, and academic research that includes peer-reviewed articles; full-text magazines, newspapers eBooks, and primary source documents.
More than 3,600 encyclopedias and reference sources. Topics covered: world history and culture, medicine and health, statistics, literature, business and science.
Guidestar includes information about U.S. nonprofits (including foundations) taken primarily from organization tax returns. Some foundations include links to their most recent tax return, where they are required by law to list grant recipients and the amount of funding given.
Includes family histories, genealogical serials, local histories, the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930, and primary sources in full images.
Covering topics in U.S. and world history from the earliest civilizations through the 21st century, History Reference Center is a research database containing full-text journals, magazines, reference books and thousands of primary source documents.
Choose from hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, ebooks, audiobooks and more. EPL cardholders can checkout 4 items per month from hoopla. New to hoopla? Read our complete, step-by-step guide to getting started with hoopla. View a tutorial on YouTube: English | Spanish More tutorials: Finding Children’s Materials | Finding ebooks in different languages | Reading/Listening in a Web Browser
Evanston Public Library partners with Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) as a Legal Self-Help Center. A legal self-help center is a place where you can learn about the law, your legal rights, and how to go to court.
“Inkie.org” is a suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.
Reference ebooks for middle schoolers.
Stream more than 30,000 of the world’s best films on your smart TV, computer, or mobile device. Three movies per month for EPL cardholders and also unlimited instructional videos from the Great Courses series and Kanopy Kids! content, including Sesame Street.
The Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Public Library and the Evanston Public Library are offering a free, legal information series to answer your legal questions and
provide practical resources and insights into today’s most prevalent legal issues. Each Law At The Library program features a presentation by an experienced attorney,
followed by a brief question and answer session. All events are free, open to the public and conducted via Zoom. Registration is required. To register or for additional information, go this page. You can also see previous sessions of Law At The Library on the Evanston Public Library YouTube page. For a referral to a CBA lawyer, visit www.lrs.chicagobar.org.
Practice tests for real estate, elementary-high school skills practice, citizenship exams, and SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, GED, TOEFL, ASVAB, etc.
Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. It includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, as well as thousands of legal forms.
The Evanston Public Library has assembled an extensive list of local free and low-cost legal resources. To find resources for specific legal topics, choose one of the following:
- Child Support and Child Custody
- Estate Planning and Wills
- Immigration and Citizenship
- Landlord, Tenant, and Housing
- Servicios Legales Para Hispanohablantes
You can also make a 30-minute Appointment for Legal Information if you need assistance with legal referrals or in finding legal information.
Libby is the app used to access ebook and eaudiobook content from the Digital Library of Illinois. A service of Overdrive.
Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and time periods. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems.
Full text of the Gale 19th Century, 20th Century and Contemporary Literary Criticism volumes. Thousands of essays and commentaries on contemporary and classic literature.
Are you planning a trip abroad? Will you need to learn some key phrases in a new language? Do you need to brush up in a language you’ve already studied? Mango Languages can help. Mango’s conversational approach teaches practical, relevant content focused on four key areas of language learning: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture. Choose from more than 50 languages and get started today. You can even download the Mango app to your iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device.
Mango also provides several full-length feature films to help you immerse yourself in a new language. Use your Evanston Public Library card to access Mango from home, or on the go. Call the Reference Desk for help, or for more information, at 847-448-8630. View a tutorial on YouTube: English | Spanish
Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for general reference magazines and publications covering a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues.
Find historical information about public companies, including companies’ historical annual reports and the full, digitized text of Moody’s Manuals, dating back to 1909, which provides an in-depth history of corporate America.
Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines, reference e-books, and thousands of primary source documents and videos. Subjects include history, current events, science and sports.
Search stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs, and access Morningstar’s up-to-date investment newsletters. You will also find a comprehensive suite of portfolio-planning tools and guidance for new and experienced investors alike.[Licensing considerations dictate a limited number of simultaneous users. If you can’t access Morningstar Investment Research Center immediately, please try again later.]
Learn more about your family history and genealogy by searching through more than 4.2 billion records.
Read the full text (minus photos and illustrations) of the New York Times newspaper (embargoed one month) and browse back issues.
Complete text and images from the New York Times newspaper from 1851 to 2019.
Reviews, reading guides and reading lists for all interests, covering fiction and nonfiction titles.
Novelist K-8 Plus allows you to discover fiction and nonfiction titles that are popular with young readers.
Search hundreds of recent and archival newspapers, including Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and more. Also find historical and recent magazines and trade journals.
Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format.
Search global newspapers and magazines, as well as archives, with access to full-text content back into the 1980s.
Create lists of new homeowners, new business licenses, foreclosures and bankruptcies anywhere in the 7 county Chicagoland area.
Complete text of the Salem press encyclopedias, Genetics and Psychology and Mental Health.
Includes Salem’s American history series, “The Decades,” from 1940-2000; Great Events from History, from ancient times to the present; and Milestone Documents in American History, a collection of primary source material.
E-books containing the full text of Literary Survey of Long Fiction, by Salem Press.
Complete text of Salem’s Encyclopedia of Global Resources and Encyclopedia of Global Warming.
Science Reference Center provides full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, reference books and high-quality videos. The database also contains science experiments, curriculum-aligned lesson plans, and a vast image collection.
Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.
Wall Street Journal
Real the full text (minus photos and illustrations) of the Wall Street Journal.
Real the full text (minus photos and illustrations) of the Wall Street Journal.
Examine the events, trends, and attitudes of the time while browsing over a dozen different women’s magazines in high-resolution color, dated from the late-19th century through 2005.Titles include: Cosmopolitan, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s, Parents and Seventeen, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily.