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Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin

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  • This library has it all. Quiet places, busy places, even a snack shop! Really nice place to go. Safe and sound! Love it!  more »
  • Elgin has an excellent library. They have kept up with the changing times not only with books but with computor services, classes, musical and educational programs, and movie and CD rentals. They now ...  more »
  • This library is modern, comfy and fun. Great place to spend time by yourself or with the kids. It has everything a library could offer  more »
  • I Love this Library. Gail Borden has so much to offer. The Programs that this library has I have not seen anywhere yet. I am very please with all of the area's that Gail Borden has for children, teens, baby's, to adults and more. It's a lot to say about Gail Borden Library and I'm very please with experience. Thank You for some Great things to offer in the Library I'm Happy.
  • Large grand library. Good space to read and study. Great selection of materials as well
  • Amazing library. They do an excellent job creating events and programs for younger kids
  • I have no words to describe how I blessed I think we are for having this wonderful "community center". This library offers so many programs, classes of all kind at different times. The available materials are amazing and in so many languages. There is always something for everybody. The volunteers and employees are always so nice and helpful. I have never seen any one serious, with a bad day...always great! It is one of the jewels of Elgin. I have checked other libraries in the area to compare and this one is by far the best!!
  • Gail Borden Library is truly one of the best locations in downtown Elgin. Not only do they host traveling exhibits, but they have a vast selection of books, movies, games, and music to borrow and enjoy. The staff is pleasant and very helpful. Not only do many speak multiple languages, but they are able to help with anything from signing up for a library card to finding the perfect book to help with that mid-term paper, school project, or crafting mission. This library is not just geared to adults, although most of the second floor houses the large collection of books, but it it geared to the family. The first floor houses not one, but two sections designed for children. Preschool children have the joy of playing in a rotunda filled with learning stations from color matching, Duplo building, imagination play, and a large fish tank where they can see many types of fish that swim in the river that runs past the windows. In the center there is even a well designed playground for them to romp around on. Elementary children have a large section that hosts all their books and audio books. Computer stations, craft stations, a large globe, and even an impressive graphic novel (aka bound comic books) give children many different ways to enjoy reading and deepen their love for learning. Teenagers have a special section on the top floor designed for them to do homework and have a safe environment for after school. The librarians are always helpful with homework. One of the features that I find most pleasant is the reading room in the rotunda that overlooks the river. Inside, it is quiet and separated from the rest of the library so that you can enjoy books as you sit beside a fireplace and watch the river flow past you. Just off the main entrance, the library has a 'In The Neighborhood' to satisfy any hunger you might have during a study session or research rampage. This library has plenty to entertain an entire family with. Any book, cd, movie, or game that you could imagine is under Gail Borden's roof; if it is not, a librarian will either help you find the item at another library and have it transported so you can pick it up in Elgin a few days later, or they will purchase the material to add the the wonderful collection.