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.



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
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.



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.




All teachers who work at an elementary & middle school that is in the Gail Borden Library District are eligible for a classroom collection card (even if they already have a personal library card here).  If the school is in another library's district, the teacher should contact that public library for teacher card policy. Example: Heritage School in Streamwood is a u-46 school but in the Popular Creek Library District.

Classroom collection cards are the following limits:
     60 item limit on card
     Renewal 2 times

Teacher must have a personal ID with home address and a dated documentation for the current school year (ex: paystub, class list, letter from principal)

High School Teachers

Gail Borden Public Library would like high school teachers to have library cards for both checkout of materials needed in the classroom and use of the on-line databases.  The cards will be administered by our High School Liaison.  The High School Liaison will have the teachers fill out the applications, and bring them back to Library to have the cards made.   She will then distribute the cards to the teachers.