The EPL has changed quite a bit since the reviews that have been posted here. It has never been as awful as one reviewer made it seem.
It is true, the computer system for finding books was a bit old, but they never charged for renting new books.
The EPL now has a FANTASTIC new kids section, I am a nanny so it is a great place to bring the kids and have them play and read. It truly is something you have to see to believe!
There is also a new Teen Lounge on the 2nd floor (I believe it's the second floor), which has a very comfortable and modern look.
The systems have been updated and now it is very easy to search for listings and manage your account on-line (so convenient!).
The parking is never a problem for me, if you can't find parking outside (which is often the case, but no fault of the library) there is metered parking beneath the library and I always ALWAYS find a spot there. Or if not, you can park in the parking garage 3 blocks away (first hour free!).
I can't really think of anything the library can improve upon, there are great selections and everyone is so helpful. Plus it just looks AWESOME!
I think the library is the jewel of downtown Evanston.