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Gail Borden Public Library District Buildings and Bookmobile Open Monday, July 6, With Care

Due to a unanimous vote by the Gail Borden Public Library Board of Trustees on June 29 that was based on library services being critical to the community, all of the District Library buildings will open with care on Monday, July 6. Masks and social distancing requirements along with frequent cleaning, occupancy limits and plenty of plexiglass will help the Main, Rakow and South Elgin branches welcome visitors once again in a safe manner.  The bookmobile will also open its doors July 6 to visitors, who will be required to wear masks, while limiting the number aboard at the same time.  (In the hours descriptions below, please “walk in” virtually to see a very short video of each facility with the safety measures in place.)

Visits to the library buildings will be quite different compared to pre-COVID to protect the health of both the staff and visitors. Visitors will find that –

  • Masks are required for people age 2 and older to enter the buildings.
  • Social distancing will be required.
  • There will be occupancy limits.
  • The early learning center will be closed at the Main Library.
  • All children 13 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver.
  • On Monday through Thursday, the first hour of the day at all the buildings will be reserved for vulnerable populations.
  • The library building hours will be slightly shortened for additional cleaning.
The hours of the library buildings will be as follows-

Main:  (270 N. Main, Elgin, IL 60120)

Monday – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm

Friday & Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday Noon – 4 pm

Vulnerable population hours at Main will be 9 – 10 am Monday – Thursday.

This is a short video of what visitors will see when they enter the Gail Borden Public Main Library with the safety measures in place.


Rakow Branch (2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, IL 60124)

Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7:30 pm

Friday – Saturday 9 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday Noon – 4:30 pm

Vulnerable population hours from 9 – 10 am on Monday – Thursday.

This is a short video of what visitors will see when they enter the Gail Borden Public Rakow Branch with the safety measures in place.


South Elgin Branch (127 South McLean Blvd.South Elgin, IL 60177)

Curbside service 7 days a week.

Monday – Thursday 11 am – 6:30 pm  Grab and Go

Friday – Saturday 10 am – 3:30 pm Grab and Go

Sunday Noon – 4 pm Grab and Go

Vulnerable population hours from 10 – 11 am on Monday – Thursday.

The additional curbside service will continue at the South Elgin branch as well as Home Delivery Services.  Please check the web site as these services will not continue indefinitely.

This is a short video of what visitors will see when they enter the Gail Borden Public South Elgin Branch with the safety measures in place.


Library staff will continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect tables, chairs, public desks, computers and shelving as well as all fixtures in the washrooms throughout all three buildings.

We are excited to see our customers in person again, but we urge everyone to take necessary precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you feel sick, please stay home and utilize our 24/7 eLibrary and virtual Your Library at Home programming. Please visit our website for updates about the services that we have available to customers, along with our Reopening with Care guidelines: www.bit.ly/gbpcovid19.

KCT Credit Union will be reopening at Main on July 6.

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