people of various ages holding a volunteer sign

Volunteer at GBPL

Looking for ways to enrich your life and the lives of others? Volunteer at Gail Borden Public Library.

Volunteers assist with many important roles at the Main Library and Rakow Branch. These include shelving books, DVDs, and other materials, giving warm greetings as a program host, or helping others learn about technology. There are many ways that you can help make the library an incredible place to visit.


Apply online or pick up an application at the Main Library Information Desk or at the Rakow Branch.

Adults Apply Here


High School Teens Apply Here


Middle School Teens Apply Here



If you have any questions about our volunteer program please contact Nancy Haggard, Manager of Volunteer Services, at 847-289-5840 or by email at

Volunteer Quotes

"The opportunity to serve as a volunteer greeter at GBPL has given me a very real sense of the important role that the library plays in the life of the city of Elgin as well as allowing me to meet a long list of wonderful library patrons."- John Muchmore

"I love being a volunteer! I like having the opportunity to interact with others and serve my community as well. Thank you Gail Borden Public Library for giving me this opportunity." -Luz Maria Ayala

"Volunteering puts me in the world of two of my favorite things, books and people." -Jean Lamantia

Volunteer Opportunities

At this time we are looking to fulfill the following openings.