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


World Language Collection

Besides Spanish language materials, the Gail Borden Public Library offers items available in many other languages.

Click on the links below to see a list of the titles we carry in each language:

World Languages Collection

Additionally, the library carries periodicals in Gujarati.

Videos, DVD’s, and audiobooks on cassette and CD are also available in many languages.

The library also offers a collection of literacy and ESL materials.

For more information our language collection policies please read the Library's Position on Language Collection Development

Learn Another Language Online

Powerspeak Languages

Powerspeak Languages
The Gail Borden Public Library provides the Powerspeak Languages system.  You will need a Gail Borden Public Library card number to access Powerspeak Languages from home or work.

The languages available are:

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English for Chinese Speakers (ESL)
  • English for Spanish Speakers (ESL)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

If you do not see the reading materials that you are looking for, Gail Borden Library card holders are welcome to submit a Material Request Form and we will borrow books for you based on your language preference.


Go Bilingual

Learn and practice English or Spanish at your own pace on the computer. You will be able to use resources from the Library or the Internet with interactive lessons, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary exercises, and learning games.

Upcoming Classes