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"Voted one of the top ten American cities for economic development in both 2003 and 2005." Learn more about why Elgin is a great place to start a business and a dynamic community for your employees.

Grow Your Business

Librarians can guide you to answers and refer you to local resources. Not only is the library a great place to work, you can also access free legal forms, checkout equipment like an LCD projector, and use a copy machine or scanner.

Entrepreneurs may check out equipment, provided by the Illinois State Library, funded by a grant from the Small Business Administration.

  • LCD projector

The projector may be checked out for one week, and up to four times per calendar year.  A Gail Borden Library card is required for checkout.  Contact the information Desk at 847-429-4680 to reserve equipment in advance or to answer your business questions.

24/7 Online Library Resources

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Other Library Resources

• Business books in print and eBook formats
• Business library cards, available for business or non-profit organizations located within the Gail Borden Library District.
• Wi-Fi available throughout the building
• Printers, available remotely
• Fax Machine and copy machines
• Study Rooms available on a first come, first serve basis for up to six people.  Since 4-7pm is a very high traffic time only groups of two or more may use the study rooms.

Local Resources

Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce logo

Elgin Development Group logo

Illinois Small Business Development Center logo

SCORE logo

Downtown Neighborhood Association logo

City of Elgin logo

State & Federal Online Resources logo

SBA logo