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270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
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2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, IL 60124
SUNDAY Noon-5pm

Computer Center

Internet Users: 

Please review the library's Internet Access Statement and Internet & Technology Use Policy.
Software Available:

Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer

Microsoft Office 2010 which includes Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, OneNote, and PowerPoint


Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

WinWay Resume

Windows Live Movie Maker



VLC Media Player

Scratch and Lexia Reading

The library's electronic resources, including:

  • America the Beautiful
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • ArticleFirst
  • Chicagoland Newspapers
  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • Heritage Quest
  • New Book of Knowledge
  • NoveList
  • Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
  • Poem Finder
  • World Almanac
  • World Book 
  • WorldCat


The Computer Center has 60 computers with Windows 7 available for use. The Adult side is designated as a Quiet Zone, while the Youth side is designated as a Moderate Zone.

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.


  • 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 - that is in good standing (i.e., the owner owes $10 or less in fines).
  • Visitors without a valid library card need to go to the main desk and ask for a guest pass.  This will allow a non-card holder to use a computer for up to an hour.
  • 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.
  • The computers print to the library's print stations and require the use of a copy & print card. These cards can be purchased for $1.00 at one of the copy & print card vending machines and have a value of 70¢ that can be used for prints and/or copies.
  • 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 or USB drives.
  • 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.