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


Teacher Cards

Teachers at a school within the Gail Borden Public Library District are eligible for a teacher card.  A teacher card allows you to check out up to 60 items for classroom use. Information about the card is sent to schools at the start of each school year.

NEW PROCEDURE: To get their teacher cards, teachers simply visit the Registration Desk at the Main Library or Rakow Branch with their photo ID (such as a driver's license) and proof of employment (school ID badge, paystub, or class roster). Click here for complete details.

The check-out period for most items is 28 days. PLEASE NOTE: OVERDUE ITEMS CHECKED OUT ON TEACHER CARDS ACCRUE EXTENDED USE FEES. The teacher is responsible for lost or damaged materials.

Classroom Collections

Library staff will select up to 30 items for you to check out on your teacher card. Requests should be submitted at least 48 hours, but no more than seven days, before you plan to pick up your items. Classroom collections may be picked up at the Main Library's Youth Center Help Desk or the Rakow Branch. They may not be picked up at either location’s drive-up windows.

Call in a request to the Youth Help Desk (847-429-4685), or fill out an online form.


List showing which libraries serve different schools

If you teach in a school district other than U-46 and need help determining which library serves your school, please call the Youth Help Desk at (847) 429-4685. We will be happy to help you.