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 personal 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

$0.25/page for Color prints/copies

Multi-function SimpleScan Stations are available at Main and Rakow. 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 2019 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
  • SimpleScan Station
  • Typewriter
  • Portable DVD Players (for in library use)

Items Available for Purchase:

  • USB 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 the 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.
  • The Main Library Computer Center serves users from 9th grade and up.
  • 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.


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


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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

Main: 2nd Thursday

South Elgin: 4th Thursday


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


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

Learn On Your Own

Gail Borden has partnered with Niche Academy to provide easy to follow tutorials. Click through videos above or view our full page by clicking on the link below.

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