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Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin
(4.7/5 based on 70 reviews on the web)
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  • Some of the best programming around for children and adults. I love the time spent here with my grandkids. A great library for an amazing community. 
  • This is my first visit with my two year old son. He loved it. They had a great play area for little kids. I was surprised to see that in a library. Can't wait to go back. 
  • I spend a lot of time in my local library back home and love it there. But this one takes the cake! There was an interactive biomechanical exhibition on at the time, which was open to all, so that was...  more »
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  • 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 the pride and joy of Elgin, and rightfully so. The first thing you notice is the size of the building, the third largest public library in Illinois. The second thing you notice is the beautiful Prairie style architecture. When you enter you encounter a large rotunda and then a large spiraling staircase up to the second floor. The interior highlights are the children's area, which features a large wooden indoor play structure, and the river room. The river room is located on the second floor and offers great views over the Fox River with a four sided fireplace in the middle. In the winter, bald eagles can be viewed from the river room as they make their way up and down the Fox River.
  • Gail Borden Library is truly one of the best locations in downtown Elgin. Not only do they host traveling exhibits, such as the current Robotic Zoo, 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.
  • Beautiful place,a warming welcoming and it's my first time , but the lady at the computer center was really rude , she helped me throughout the copy machine process, I told her its my first time I come here , and she began to began conversation, but her attitude made her seen a negative person , never coming back again."Smiles very contagious and as well negative atmosphere!!!
  • I love this library! The staff is exceptionally helpful and welcoming! I don't know where these bad reviews are coming from because I have only had good experiences. Don't let the few upset people detour you from stopping in! I think people are more likely to only want to comment when they have a complaint.