Library Board Information

MAIN LIBRARY 847-742-2411
270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
RAKOW BRANCH 847-531-7271
2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, IL 60124
SUNDAY Noon-5pm


Choose Elgin

"Voted one of the top ten American cities for economic development in both 2003 and 2005." Learn more about why Elgin is a great place to start a business and a dynamic community for your employees.




Grow Your Business

Librarians can guide you to answers and refer you to local resources. Not only is the library a great place to work, you can also access free legal forms, checkout equipment like an LCD projector, and use a copy machine or scanner.

Entrepreneurs may check out equipment, provided by the Illinois State Library, funded by a grant from the Small Business Administration.

  • LCD projector and portable screen

These items may be checked out for two weeks at a time and a limit of four times per calendar year. Contact the Information Desk at 847-429-4680 to reserve equipment or answer your business questions. 

24/7 Online Library Resources

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• Reference USA, a business directory
• Small Business Resource Center
• Demographics
• Business Insights, global business reports
Legal Forms
• Illinois Public Records

Other Library Resources

• Business books in print and eBook formats
Business library cards, available for business or non-profit organizations located within the Gail Borden Library District.
• Wi-Fi available throughout the building
Printers, available remotely
• Fax Machine and copy machines
• Study Rooms available on a first come, first serve basis for up to six people.  Since 4-7pm is a very high traffic time only groups of two or more may use the study rooms.

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Local Resources

Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce logo

Elgin Development Group logo

Illinois Small Business Development Center logo

SCORE logo

Downtown Neighborhood Association logo

City of Elgin logo