Library Underground Parking Lot Closed Aug. 29 to Oct. 5

The Evanston Public Library underground parking garage will be closed for plumbing and drainage repairs and mechanical improvements from Monday, August 29 through Wednesday, October 5. The garage will re-open on Thursday, October 6 at 9 am. The Library regrets the inconvenience to patrons and recognizes the necessity of the upgrades for maintaining a well-functioning garage. Alternative parking options include metered street parking, the Library outdoor lot directly east of the building, and the Church St. Self Park Garage located at the northeast corner of Chicago Avenue and Church Street.
Questions about the repair work can be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , project manager. 


North Branch Library Temporary Closing


North Branch & Book Drop Temporarily Closed, July 31-August 29

To better serve our patrons, the North Branch, 2026 Central St., will close for improvements and new equipment installation from 6 p.m. July 30 to August 29. Repairs and energy efficiency improvements include new lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling systems and new water service. The book drop will not be available and holds will be sent to the Main Library.



Keepinitreal: The Stranger and the Statesman

titleTuesday, August 30, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In this illuminating and dramatic biography, Nina Burleigh reveals a little-known slice of social and intellectual history in the life and times of the man responsible for the creation of the United States' principal cultural institution, the Smithsonian. It was one of the nineteenth century's greatest philanthropic gifts -- and one of its most puzzling mysteries. In 1829, a wealthy English naturalist named James Smithson left his library, mineral collection, and entire fortune to the "United States of America, to found ... an establishment for the increase & diffusion of Knowledge among men" -- even though he had never visited the United States or known any Americans.

Copies of The Stranger and the Statesman will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.


Register for September Storytimes starting 8/29

titleRegister for our September Storytimes starting August 29 at 9 am online, in person or by calling 847-448-8610

Main Children's Room staff provide programs geared to children from a few months old  through 5th grade starting September 12:

Infant Rhymetime, Wednesdays at 9:30 am, for infants under 12 months and their parent/ caregiver

Book Babies, Tuesdays at 9:30 am, for 1 year olds and their parent/caregivers

Time for Two's Fridays at 10:30 (Tuesdays at 10:15 am at North Branch) for 2 year olds and their parent/caregiver

All By Myself, Mondays at 11 am OR Thursdays at 1 pm, for 3 - 5 year olds, without parents

Family Storytime and Craft, Mondays at 6:30 pm both at Main and North. Craft geared to 3 - 7 year olds. Working Parent Friendly!

Parent Child Workshop, Saturdays at 10 am, for 1 -3 year olds and a parent or caregiver Working Parent Friendly!

Tail Waggin Tutors, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and 7pm for K- 5 is also taking phone registrations only starting 8/29: 847-448-8610. (Also available at North Branch on Tuesday afternoons; register at 847-866-0330 starting 8/29)

Our Drop In (no registration) storytimes The Young and the Restless (0-2) on Thursdays at 9:30 am and Preschool Storytime (3-6) on Wednesdays at 10:30 am continue as usual in September.




Donate your Legos to Evanston's Children!

altAugust 1 - 31, Main Library
Want to help Evanston's kids get more Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) expertise? Do you have extra LEGOS around that your kids or grandkids have outgrown? Bring your LEGOS to the bin in the Children's Room to donate to NEW local robotics clubs!

Evanston Public Library is partnering with Inspire Evanston Robotic to collect LEGOS in support of Jr & FIRST LEGO teams forming in Evanston schools this fall! Want more info? Check out Inspire Evanston Robotics website. Donate today!


"Borrow the Internet" with a Wi-Fi Hotspot


Evanston residents age 16 or older who are cardholders of the Evanston Public Library can "Borrow the Internet" through a new Wi-Fi Hotspot pilot lending program that begins May 1. Here’s how it works:

  • Check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot at the Main Library.
  • You must provide a valid photo ID: driver’s license, state ID or High School ID.
  • You can place a Wi-Fi Hotspot on hold through the EPL catalog.
  • You can borrow one device per library card.
  • Keep your Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to 2 weeks. It is non-renewable.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots must be returned to the Main Library circulation desk only.
  • $50 replacement fee for lost device. $5 a day late fee up to maximum of $20.

For more information about EPL's Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program, please call 847-448-8620.

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