The Gail Borden Public Library serves a diverse population, including those who are new to the United States.  Here, you will find resources and information about the process of becoming a citizen and adjusting to life in the United States. 

Applying for Citizenship

Need Help with Immigration?

  • New Americans Initiative is a partnership between the State of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. 
  • Centro de Informacion offers immigration services for a modest fee.
    For more information, contact them at (847) 695-9050.
  • Elgin Community College offers citizenship classes.
    Contact them at 847-214-6975.  

Naturalization Test

Information in your Native Language

The Federal Citizen Information Center
A source for links to government information in many different languages. 

MedlinePlus
Health information in multiple languages. 

World Language Collection
Gail Borden Public Library has books, movies, and CDs in its World Language Collection.

English as a Second Language

The Literacy Connection
Volunteers offer tutoring to help people learn to read, write, and speak in English. 

YWCA Elgin's Adult Education and Literacy Program
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  Contact them for more information at (847) 742-7930.

Elgin Community College
ECC offers part-time and full-time ESL classes.  Contact them for more information at (847) 214-6904.

Powerspeak Languages 
An electronic resource for learning a new language.  (Requires a valid Gail Borden Public Library card.) 

Testing and Education Reference Center.
TOEFL preparation and practice tests can be found in this database.  (Requires a valid Gail Borden Public Library card.)