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

Building Details

When the planning began several years ago for a new library, a commitment was made to bring all the positive elements of the current Gail Borden Library to the new building. Those elements were identified as a feeling of being at home in the building, ease of access and location of services, ample natural light, and the friendly, dedicated service to which our patrons have become accustomed over many decades.


 

Square Footage 139,980
Seating Capacity 835
Parking Capacity 306
Shelving Capacity 460,000 volumes
Public Computers 130
Library Service Population 144,597
Library Registration 99,637
Annual Circulation
(2012-2013)
2,302,410
Cost $29.8 million
Architects Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects, Ltd.
Construction Manager IHC Construction Companies, L.L.C.
Building Consultant Richard E. Thompson

 


 

First Floor Second Floor
  • The Computer Center has 60 computers with high-speed Internet access, electronic resources and a word processing software package. The Computer Training Center offers hands-on training for up to 16 people.
     
  • Dr. Bob Meadows Community Rooms - Three Community Rooms are available for library programs and community group meetings.
     
  • In the Neighborhood Fresh Café offers tasty refreshments for those who want a break from study or to get together with friends for good conversation.
     
  • The New Book Room features the latest fiction, nonfiction, large type and Quick Pick books, as well as comfortable seating and room for browsing.
     
  • Gail's Sales - Books and more are available for purchase in the Gail’s Sales Room. Sponored by the Library Foundation, proceeds are used to enhance library services or initiate new ones.
     
  • KidSpace provides space for creative play as well as room to read and learn. Books for kids from infants through grade schoolers, computers, puzzles, crafts and other learning materials, as well as outstanding programming and parenting books, are available.
     
  • The Zone offers books and activities for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
     
  • Movies, Music & More features CDs, audiobooks and computer software as well as the latest computer games and DVDs.
     
  • Drive-up Drop & Drive-up Window - People on the go will appreciate the 24/7 Drive-up Drop for returning materials and the Drive-Up Window for picking up and checking out materials.
     
  • Registration and Customer Service - Get a library card, pay extended use fees, register for a program and check out materials at Registration and Customer Service.
  • The River Room provides a spacious area with views of the Fox River. Only quiet reading and study take place here. Please, no cellphones or talking!
     
  • The Genealogy area contains a treasure trove of materials for tracing family histories.
     
  • Teens get creative in Studio 270 making movies and music or at programs such as Open Mic Night and Poetry Slam. Open to teens in grades 9 to 12, Studio 270 has Macs and PCs, digital camera equipment, Xbox and other games, magazines and comfortable seating.
     
  • Books, magazines and newspapers are available in Spanish
     
  • The most recent editions of favorite magazines can be found in the Magazine area. Local and national newspapers are available at the Newspapers/Copiers Desk.
     
  • The Large Type area has popular fiction and nonfiction books to accommodate readers with poor vision.
     
  • Fiction and Nonfiction books are arranged to offer easy browsing.
     
  • Job seekers can borrow books from the Careers & Education area about job searching and resume writing. 
     
  • Pack Your Bags - Travel guides, movies and more to enhance travel anywhere in the world.
     
  • Study Rooms are available for individual or group use on a first-come, first-served basis. From 4-7PM, Monday through Thursday, these rooms are reserved for groups of two or more people.
     
  • Elgin & South Elgin Meeting Rooms are available for library programs and community groups.