Gail Borden offers computers for public use. We are committed to increasing digital literacy and technology education through basic one-on-one assistance and classes. The library’s purpose in providing these computers is to encourage self-instruction and person enrichment in computer technology.

Basic technology assistance is provided by staff – users assume responsibility for learning to use the software.

Printing Costs:
$0.10/page for Black & White prints/copies
$0.50/page for Color prints/copies
$0.50/page for Color prints/copies

Multi-function SimpleScan Stations are available at Main (2 in the Computer Center, 1 on the 2nd floor in Info Services) and Rakow (1). Make copies (prices reflected above), Scan to email or USB (free), or Fax ($1/page USA/Canada, $2/page International)

Library card required for computer use. Guest passes are available for non-cardholders.

For questions call the Computer Center: 847-429-4695

 

Main Library Computer Center

The Computer Center offers Windows 10 PCs with access to the Internet, Microsoft Office 2016 products and a variety of other applications. The PCs in the Computer Training Room offer Photoshop Elements and QuickBooks and are available for use when the room is not in use.

Other Equipment Available:

  • Black & White Printer
  • Color Printer
  • Two SimpleScan Stations
  • Typewriter
  • Oculus Demo Station
  • Portable DVD Players (for in library use)

Items Available for Purchase:

  • Flash Drives: $5
  • Earbuds: $1
  • 2-Pocket Folders: $0.50
  • Manila Folders: $0.10

Rakow Branch

The Rakow Branch offers 10 PCs for use in their Computer Café.

Other equipment available:

  • SimpleScan Station
  • Accessibility station with JAWS, MAGic, and Open Book

South Elgin Branch

The South Elgin Branch offers 12 laptops for in building use.

Other equipment available:

  • Scanning and Faxing services via a Konica machine
  • Media playback Blu-ray burner
  • iPads for in-library use
  • 42” Screen available for use in study rooms

Conduct & Policies

  • Gail Borden card holders can use a computer for 2 hours per day.
  • Visitors without a valid library card may receive a guest pass which will allow for 30 minutes of computer use.
  • Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Two people are permitted to sit at each computer station
  • All user information and documents are deleted upon signing off the PC. Users are encouraged to save files to a flash drive, email themselves information or upload documents to a cloud storage account.
  • The computers must not be used for the transmission of material that is unlawful, obscene or otherwise inappropriate. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in patron suspension.
  • Misuse of any computer or its related equipment will result in the loss of computer privileges, plus the cost of repair or replacement of any damaged equipment
  • Please be respectful of others within the library. Library staff reserves the right to terminate a patron’s computer session if a disruption occurs.

Wi-fi

Connect to the Library’s Wi-Fi network: Gailnet. There is no password.

Printing via Laptop or Home PC

Wireless Printing to Library Printers

One-on-One Help

Device Advice

Need help figuring out how to use your smartphone, tablet, laptop or eReader? Bring your questions to one of these drop-in sessions:

Rakow: 1st & 3rd Thursdays
9:30am-11:30am

Main: 2nd Thursday
9:30am—11:30am

South Elgin: 4th Thursday
10am-12pm

Appointments

Can’t make it to a class or Device Advice? Schedule a 1:1 appointment!

Classes

Learn new skills or brush up on old ones to keep up in this ever-expanding digital world!
Click here to learn more about our Adult Technology classes.

Learn On Your Own

Niche Academy

Gale Courses

GCFLearnFree.org

DigitalLearn.org

Techboomers.com