MAIN LIBRARY 847-742-2411
270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
MONDAY-THURSDAY 9am-9pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9am-6pm
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
RAKOW BRANCH 847-531-7271
2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, IL 60124
MONDAY-THURSDAY 9am-8pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9am-5pm
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
photograph of the main and rakow buildings

About the Library

Fast Facts

Awardsnational medal

• Recipient of the 2009 National Medal
   for Museum and Library Services

• Recipient of the 2010 Elgin Hispanic Network
   Organization of the Year

• 20 awards received (international, national, state, and local)


Buildings

Main Library opened in October 2003 - 139,980 sq ft

• Take a Virtual Tour of the Main Library
• Third largest public library building in Illinois,
   after Chicago and Schaumburg

Rakow Branch opened in August 2009 - 10,598 sq ft.

• Take a Virtual Tour of the Rakow Branch
• Rakow achieved LEED Gold status

 


District Statistics

• Serve 144,597 residents in Elgin, South Elgin and portions
   of Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Bartlett

• Serve the 3rd largest library population
   after the cities of Chicago and Aurora

• 99,637 (68.9%) of residents are cardholders 

• Largest library district in the State of Illinois for population served

• 1,003,210 visitors

• Over 2,302,410 items loaned

• 334,084 books + 197, 806 = 531, 893 items in collections
   (includes e-items)

• Over 1600 library programs attended by 66,000 people


5 year comparison

  2007-2008 2012-2013 Percentage
Circulation 1,505,798 2,302,410 52.9%
Programs 1163 1941 66.9%
Attendance 54,971 65,324 18.8%
Visitors 793,226 1,003,210 26.5%

Service
Population

123,507 144,597 17%

 

Contact

Phone: 847-742-2411

Fax: 847-742-0485

Information Desk: 847-429-4680

Youth Desk: 847-429-4685

Movies, Music, & More Desk:
847-429-4696

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Library Foundation
The Foundation is a nonprofit organization which has established a permanent fund to improve library services to residents of the Gail Borden Public Library District.

Donations to the Library
The library accepts donations of new and used books, and audiovisual materials. The items may be used to enhance the library collection or to provide inventory for the Library Foundation Book Sale.