Checking Out Materials

How to Checkout Materials

With your valid library card in hand, you may check out printed materials, audiovisual materials, and use the Computer Center.  District residents may have a maximum of 60 items checked out at any one time.  Residents from other library service areas may have other limits.

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 Registration 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: 3 days

DVDs, Blu-rays, Videos (VHS),  Magazines, Video Games and
Quick Picks: 7 days

Art Prints: 90 days

Books & All Other Materials: 28 days

Checkout Limits

60 Total Items

4 Mediabank items (DVDs, Blu-Rays, Video Games)

10 DVDs (includes Mediabank DVDs and Blu-Rays)

4 Video Games (includes Mediabank Video Games)

20 CDs

6 Art Prints

1 Roku Digital Media Player

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.  Checkout limits are imposed on the following items:

10 DVDs


Material Request Form

To request material not owned by the library please fill out a Material Request Form. Forms are available at any library service desk or online.

Interlibrary Loan

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.