BORROWING PRIVILEGES
LIBRARY DISTRICT RESIDENTS back to top

Any person residing in the Gail Borden Public Library District is eligible for a library card.

Parents will determine when their children are ready for their own cards. A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature is required for all children through age sixteen.

Patrons may register for reciprocal borrowing if they have a valid card from their home library.

Library cards which have not been used for a period of three years are considered expired and are deleted from our files. Expired cards are processed the same way as a new registration.

 


 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES
LIBRARY DISTRICT NON-RESIDENTS back to top

The purpose of this policy is to encourage the establishment and improvement of community library services, to share resources in a positive and equitable basis to be consistent with State law requiring non-residents to pay a fee for library service equal to that of resident taxpayers, and to comply with regulations of the Illinois State Library and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

Non–residents whose property is not contiguous to the Gail Borden Public Library District (GBPLD) may purchase a non-resident fee card for library borrowing privileges through the GBPL.

Those non-residents whose property is contiguous to the GBPLD must annex to the library district in order to receive library service.

Reciprocal borrowing privileges are extended by the GBPLD to all library card holders from a local public library in Illinois where the card holder is a resident and library taxpayer. Certain restrictions may apply as determined by the GBPLD and under RAILS guidelines.

Library fee card holders from other public libraries (in RAILS or in any other system) can be granted borrowing privileges by purchasing a non-resident fee card at GBPLD:

The fee charged for the non-resident’s card will equal the contract card rate established by the Gail Borden Public Library District.

If the non-resident’s fee card rate is less than the GBPLD rate, the card holder must pay the difference between the two rates to receive full borrowing privileges.

Non-resident fee cards issued by the GBPLD are valid only at the Gail Borden Public Library.

 


 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES
NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY OWNERS back to top

The purpose of this policy is to encourage the establishment and improvement of community and library services to residents owning property within the district, but who reside outside the district boundaries.
  1. Personal Cards: The applicant must bring in a property tax bill dated within the last twelve months stating that taxes are paid to the Gail Borden Public Library District. The applicant for the card must be listed on the tax bill.

    If the applicant has not yet received a tax bill due to the recent purchase of the property, the person must provide documentation to prove ownership of the property and its address within the Gail Borden Public Library District (deed, bill of sale, title, etc.)
  2. All NRPO cards have FULL borrowing privileges. All NRPO cards must be renewed after one year.
  3. One card is issued per parcel of property no matter how many names are on the deed. Those named on the deed or tax bill must decide who is going to apply for the card. The requirement of only one card per parcel of property is specified in the Illinois Statutes and cannot be waived.
  4. A person who owns more than one parcel of property within the district is entitled to one card for each parcel of property. The card for each parcel of property must be issued to one person only, even if there is more than one name listed on the tax bill.

 


 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES
VISITOR CARDS back to top
  1. Visitor cards will be available to persons who are temporary residents within the Gail Borden Library District boundaries. These persons may be:

    a) employed temporarily in the library district,
    b) exchange students residing within the library district
    c) guests of library district residents
    d) minors residing temporarily at a special facility or school with the library district,
    e) adults residing temporarily at a special facility within the library district.
  2. If employed temporarily with an area business, applicant must present a letter from the business personnel office on company letterhead. Exchange students or guests must indicate the host family name, address and phone.

    Minors who are temporary residents at a special facility or school must present a letter, on official letterhead, indicating that the facility is the responsible party. This letter must be signed by the Executive Director, Principal or equivalent.

    Adults who are temporary residents at a special facility or school must present a letter, on official letterhead, indicating that the facility is the responsible party. This letter must be signed by the Executive Director, Principal or equivalent. A “Computer Use Only” card is available for these individuals. No items may be checked out.
  3. Applicants must reside temporarily within the GBPL district boundaries for a period of at least two weeks to qualify for a visitor card.
  4. Applicants must provide an address and phone number where they can be reached while residing in Elgin.
  5. Applicants must have a valid form of I.D. (driver’s license, hometown library card) or other proof of a permanent home address. Photocopies will be made of any form of I.D. presented. Minors without a valid I.D. must present a letter as stated in 1) above.
  6. Library cards issued to visitors will be valid for a period of 3 months to one year, depending on the conditions of the residency. Renewals will be considered on an individual basis.
  7. Applicant is limited to a total of 4 items at any given time.

 


 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES
Business Cards back to top
An Business card may be issued to a business or non-profit organization located within our library district. A signed application indicates agreement that the business is responsible for any lost or damaged materials checked out on the card. The application must be signed in person at the library by the owner/director of the institution or by someone authorized to apply for the card. This authorized individual must present a letter on the business's letterhead signed by the owner/CEO authorizing the individual to check out materials and stating the business accepts responsibility for all items checked out. Business cards are issued for a one-year period and may be renewed by reapplying.

The following restrictions apply to the use of the card:

The card may be used only by the individual who signs the application.
Applicant is limited to a total of 4 items at any given time.
 

 


 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES
CLASSROOM COLLECTIONS back to top

  1. Educators will visit the Sign-in desk at the Main Library or the Rakow Branch prior to using their card for the first time.
  2. Educators will be expected to show a photo id (such as a driver's license) and proof of employment within Gail Borden District boundaries (school ID badge, paystub, or class roster) at that time.
  3. Educators will be issued a card.  This identification as a educator at a preschool, a private or a U-46 elementary, middle, or high school within the Gail Borden Public Library District allows the holder to check out books for classroom (not personal) use.
  4. Educators may select specific titles for the collection. Due to heavy demand on certain types of library material, limits on the number of items available to educators in a collection may be imposed.
  5. Educators may call and request the librarians prepare a collection by grade level and subject. However, requests for a large number of specific titles cannot be taken over the telephone. Requests must be made at least two days in advance of the pick-up date. Items not picked up from the Customer Service Desk within a four-day period from the time they are requested, will be returned to the shelves.
  6. All items loaned will be checked out on the computer, with the standard loan periods.
  7. Educators will be charged fines for overdue materials and fees for damaged or lost materials.
  8. Overdue notices will be sent by the Customer Relations Department. Educators will be unable to use their cards if fines or fees in excess of $10.00 have not been paid.
  9. Books and videotapes may be returned in the library book drops, as designated. All non-book materials other than videos must be returned to the Customer Service Desk inside the library. No items should be returned to remote site book drops.