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

Computer Center

 

The Computer Center has 60 computers with Windows 7 available for use.  All PCs have access to the internet, word-processing capabilities and the library's electronic resources. In addition to computers, a typewriter is available for use int the Computer Center.

We also have some equipment that you can check out for use in the Computer Center: scanners, a memory card reader, an external DVD writer, toys for kids, and a large-type keyboard for the vision-impaired.

For sale in the Computer Center we have:

  • CD-Rs for $2.00
  • 4 GB flash drives for $7.00
  • Earbud headphones for $1.25
  • Folders for $0.25 

Printing costs $0.10 per page in black and white, and $0.50 per page in color.

The library's purpose in providing these computers is to encourage self-instruction and personal enrichment in computer technology.

Basic assistance is provided by staff —but users assume responsibility for learning to use the software.


Rules:

  • Computers are available on a "drop-in" basis and may not be reserved ahead of time.
  • Present your library card - either one from Gail Borden or one from another library that's been registered in our system.
  • Visitors without a valid library card need to go to the computer lab and ask for a guest pass.  This will allow a non-card holder to use a computer for 30 minutes.
  • Children who are under eight years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Computer and typewriter users are limited to two hours per day.
  • Patrons under the age of eighteen are prohibited from giving personal information over the Internet without parental guidance.
  • Please be respectful of others in the Computer Center. Library staff reserves the right to terminate a patron's computer session when disruptions occur.
  • The computers are set up for individual use. However, a patron may be assisted by one other individual. No more than two people will be allowed to work at each workstation during a time slot.
  • Computer users may print on their own paper if they wish. However, they will still be charged as if they were using library paper (i.e., 10¢ a page for black-and-white and 50¢ a page for color).
  • Computer users are permitted to plug their own headphones into the jacks provided. They may also purchase headphones at the service desk.
  • Computer users are encouraged to save any created files to floppy disks, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, USB drives or the cloud.
  • The computers must not be used for the transmission of material that is unlawful, obscene or otherwise inappropriate. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in patron suspension.
  • Computer users are not permitted to load or run their own software on any computers at the Gail Borden Public Library.
  • Unauthorized duplication of any copyrighted material is illegal under the current copyright laws. The library does not permit, encourage or condone piracy.
  • Misuse of any computer or its related equipment will result in the loss of computer privileges, plus the cost of repair or replacement of any damaged equipment.