|Library Board Information
|270 N. Grove Ave.||Elgin, IL 60120|
|FRIDAY & SATURDAY||9am-6pm|
How to Checkout Materials
With your valid library card in hand, you may check out printed materials, audiovisual materials, and use the Computer Center.
Materials can be checked out with our Self-Check equipment, or by staff at the Customer Service desk. Ask our Customer Service staff for details. Receipts listing items checked out and their due dates may be printed for each transaction.
Drive up windows are available at both the main library building and at the Rakow Branch.
The Main Library Building Drive-Up Window is open:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday Noon - 5:00 PM
The Rakow Branch Drive-Up Window is open:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Noon - 5:00 PM
To ensure prompt service, please limit your request to 5 items.
Payment for lost materials must be handled inside the library at the Customer Service Desk.
Library card registration is handled at the Sign-up Desk.
When all copies of an item are checked out, library district residents may place a "hold" or "reserve" on those items. When they become available, you will be notified by telephone, e-mail, or U.S. mail.
Items may be reserved in two ways:
For screencasts about the library's online catalog, Encore, visit our Classes & Training webpage.
Mediabank Movies and Video Games: 7 days
DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games and Fresh Picks: 7 days
Art Prints: 90 days
Books & All Other Materials: 28 days
10 Mediabank items (DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games)
10 DVDs/Blu-rays/Video Games (includes Mediabank items)
6 Art Prints
1 Roku Digital Media Player
No limit on any other item types
Reciprocal Borrowers are limited to a total of 30 items on their library card. Read our Special Message for Reciprocal Borrowers for more information. Checkout limits are imposed on the following items:
To request materials not owned by the library please fill out a Material Request Form.
Interlibrary Loan is a service that allows Gail Borden Public Library cardholders to borrow materials from other libraries.
LINKin is a partnership between the Gail Borden Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Skokie Public Library, Cook Memorial Library, Naperville Public Library, College of DuPage, Elgin Community College, Elmhurst Public Library, Waukegan Public Library and Deerfield Public Library. The service offers quick access to the collections of the partner libraries when materials are not available at Gail Borden Public Library.
For questions about library cards please contact the Checkout desk at 847-429-4690.