Library Board Information

270 North Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
2751 West Bowes Rd.
Elgin, IL 60123
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
127 South McLean Blvd.
South Elgin, IL 60177
SATURDAY 10am-4pm
SUNDAY Noon-4pm

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 Window

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:

  • Through the library catalog at
    • Search for the item.
    • Click on the 'Reserve It' icon, enter the last seven digits of your library card number and your PIN number.
    • Click on the "Login" icon.
    • Select where you would like to pick out the item.
    • A message will verify if the request was successful
  • Call the Service Desk in the department the material is available, staff will locate the material and place it on the hold shelf or drive through window.
    • Books for adults, call 847-429-4680
    • Books for kids, 847-429-4685
    • DVDs, CDs, recorded books and other AV items, call 847-429-4696
    • Books and other AV items at the Rakow Branch, call 847-531-7271

For screencasts about the library's online catalog, Encore, visit our Classes & Training webpage.

Loan Periods

Mediabank Movies: 5 days

DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, Rokus, hotspots, Fresh Picks, Playaway Views, Kill A Watt electricity usage monitors and telescopes: 7 days

Book Club Books: 45 days

Art Prints: 90 days

Books & All Other Materials: 28 days

Checkout Limits

5 Mediabank items (includes movies & video games)

2 Devices (includes eBook readers, Rokus & hotspots)

6 Art Prints

No limit on any other item types


Reciprocal Borrower
Checkout Limits

Reciprocal Borrowers are limited to a total of 30 items on their library card.  Read our Special Message for Reciprocal Borrowers for more information. 


Material Request Form

To request materials not owned by the library please fill out a Material Request Form.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a service that allows Gail Borden Public Library cardholders to borrow materials from other libraries.

LINKin Libraries

LINKin Libraries is a resource-sharing partnership between the Gail Borden Public Library District and other area libraries.

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.