The Rakow Branch Mediabank is now available to customers 24/7:
  • Browse & reserve items at
  • Returned items will be quarantined for 7 days prior to becoming available for checkout.
  • Please wipe down case and contents before and after use.
  • Call 847-531-7271 with any questions.

We ask that all users practice social distancing guidelines while visiting the Mediabank.

Main Library and South Elgin Media Dispensers currently remain unavailable. Do not return items from those dispensers to the Rakow Branch Mediabank. If you wish to return Main or South Elgin Mediabank items, please use one of the drop slots or bins.

People who have had books and movies on hold since before the stay-at-home directive will now be able to pick them up at the drive-up windows in the Gail Borden Public Library District.  Starting, Monday, May 4th, the drive-up windows at the Main Library at 270 North Grove and the Rakow Branch at  2751 W. Bowes will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm for pick-ups.  Customers who had books on hold before the Library closed its doors to customers on March 14 will be receiving a phone call regarding those materials.

In accordance with Gail Borden Public Library District's commitment to taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, all the Gail Borden Library buildings and branches closed on March 13, 2020. These safety measures are being taken out of concern for the health and safety for our community, not due to any known exposure.

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Still Serving People in Their Homes

Gail Borden Public Library District offers robust services for people of all ages while they remain in their homes:

    • Our 24/7 eLibrary offers downloadable books, streaming movies and music for all ages.
    • The Tumblebook Library offers story books, read-alongs, graphic novels, puzzles and games and more.  Much of the content is available in English, Spanish and French.
    • service offers homework help for all ages in different languages.


  • Visitors to our “Your Library at Home” channel can access a number of library programs including STEM craft programs that families can do in their homes, library staff eBook recommendations of titles people can download to their own devices and, of course, we have included a short “how to” video about how to access all of these services.  
  • The “Any Way You Slice it, You Count,” Census Pi (e) event on Saturday, 3/14 is postponed. 

These services and programs continue to be available.

  • Early voting continues at the Main Library at 270 N. Grove through March 16. The Main Library remains a voting site for election day on March 17.

The library will promptly update the public of any further changes to services.

Gail Borden Public Library District has canceled programs in support of COVID-19 prevention efforts. All library customers registered for the affected programming are being notified. We urge people to check the Library's schedule of events at to see if their program has been rescheduled.

We would like to communicate with our Gail Borden Public Library District community what we are doing around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as this virus and recent news reports continue to cause concern for all of us.