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Rakow Branch 

The Rakow Branch, located at 2751 W. Bowes Road in Elgin, Illinois, opened on August 15, 2009. 
The branch features a popular collection, gardens, an external 24/7 DVD dispenser and is an environmentally friendly LEED  registered building.

Rakow Branch Map

2751 West Bowes Road
Elgin, IL  60124

Phone Number

Monday-Thursday      9 am - 8 pm
Friday-Saturday         9 am - 5 pm
Sunday                      Noon - 5 pm

Drive-Up Window
Monday-Thursday      8:30 am - 8 pm
Friday-Saturday         8:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday                      11:30 am - 5 pm

Take a Virtual Tour

General Information About the Rakow Branch

For the first time in its 135 year history, the Gail Borden Public Library District opened its first branch. Opened on August 15, 2009, the “Rakow Branch,” located at 2751 W. Bowes Road, features a popular collection, a computer café, Zen gardens and a small “family room” with a fireplace. An external DVD dispenser, one of the first in a North American library, operates during all hours of the day and night, 365 days of the year.

The 10,000 square foot building, designed for expansion for up to 30,000 square feet, features environmentally sustainable elements and received gold LEED certification. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Green Rakow Read about the branch’s green features.


Enjoy this YouTube tour of the Rakow Branch Library >

Programs at Rakow Branch

Click here for all programs at the Branch and to register.

Family Storytimes, Read to Rover, Book Clubs, Device Advice, Technology classes, family programs and various other activities take place at the Rakow Branch throughout the year.

Book Clubs 

The Rakow Readers Book Club is for readers interested in reading and discussing contemporary fiction and nonfiction. Contact Stacy at 847-931-2092 or srausch@gailborden.info..