BORROWING PRIVILEGES
LIBRARY DISTRICT RESIDENTS
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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 up to age eighteen.

Patrons may register for reciprocal borrowing if they have a valid card from their home library.


BORROWING PRIVILEGES
LIBRARY DISTRICT NON-RESIDENTS
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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 equivalent to that of resident taxpayers, and to comply with regulations of the Illinois State Library and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). This fee will be determined by using the most recent property tax bill. This would ensure that the property owner will pay the same amount as would be paid if the property were in the GBPLD service area.

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 GBPLD.

Those non-residents whose property is contiguous to the GBPLD must annex to the library district 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.


BORROWING PRIVILEGES
NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY OWNERS
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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 nonresident owner or leaseholder must present either the most recent tax bill (dated within the last twelve months) for the property or a copy of the commercial lease. 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 are valid for one year and may be renewed.

BORROWING PRIVILEGES
NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY RENTERS
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The purpose of this policy is to encourage the establishment and improvement of community and library services to residents renting property outside the Gail Borden Public Library district boundaries and who are not taxed for public library service from a participating public library.

The library charges 15% of the monthly rent as the annual non-resident fee. All non-resident cards for renters shall have full borrowing privileges.

Applicants must present a current lease agreement (dated within the last twelve months), current receipt (dated within the last month) or canceled rent check (dated within the last month).


BORROWING PRIVILEGES
NON-RESIDENT CARDS FOR KIDS
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Any student whose principal residence is not within a public library service area and who is eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch Program, as determined by Income Eligibility Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Community Eligible Provision of the USDA National School Lunch Program is eligible for a free non-resident library card.

When applying for a non-resident card, the qualifying student must present to the library documentation from the school or school district that indicates his/her eligibility for free or reduced-price lunches.

All non-resident cards for kids shall have full borrowing privileges.


BORROWING PRIVILEGES
NON-RESIDENT VETERANS
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Veterans with service-connected disabilities of at least 70% who are exempt from paying property taxes on their primary residence, an unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who has previously qualified for this exemption prior to his//her death, or an unmarried surviving spouse of a service member killed in the line of duty shall be eligible to receive a free non-resident library card.

Qualifying veterans or surviving spouses must present documentation from the county where they reside that indicates their residence is exempt from paying property taxes.

All non-resident cards for veterans shall have full borrowing privileges.


BORROWING PRIVILEGES
EDUCATORS
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Teachers and faculty at all institutions within our library district boundaries are eligible for an educator 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 Poplar Creek Library District.

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


BORROWING PRIVILEGES
COLLEGE STUDENTS
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The purpose of this policy is to encourage the establishment and improvement of community and library services to students who attend colleges and universities within the Gail Borden Public Library District boundaries and are not already served by another public library in Illinois.

When applying for a non-resident card, the qualifying student must present to the library their student ID as proof of residency.

The library card will be valid for two years and may be renewed.


BORROWING PRIVILEGES
BUSINESSES
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A “Business” card is a limited-use card and may be issued to a business or non-profit organization located within our library district. This card provides access to the Gail Borden Public Library’s online databases and circulating collections.

To receive a card, the owner/manager must present 4 items:

  • A personal photo ID
  • A written request on business/organization letterhead listing up to three employees authorized for library card access
  • A property tax bill/lease or utility bill
  • A copy of your Illinois business license

The business owner/manager will be responsible for all fees incurred by each associated cardholder. If the Business owner/manager is unable to locate their business license; he or she may visit the Information Desk for assistance in printing a copy.

*City of Elgin employees can receive cards. Each department is a separate entity and will be allowed three cardholders. The department head is responsible for any fees incurred. The city departments will only need the written request, not a tax bill or business license.

BORROWING PRIVILEGES
VISITOR CARDS
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Visitor cards will be available to persons who are temporary residents (minimum of 3 months) within the Gail Borden Library District boundaries. These persons may be:

  • employed temporarily in the library district
  • exchange students residing within the library district
  • guests of library district residents
  • minors residing temporarily at a special facility or school with the library district
  • adults residing temporarily at a special facility within the library district.

If employed temporarily with an area business, applicant must present a letter from the business personnel office on company letterhead.

Exchange students or guests must confirm the host family name, address, and phone.

Minors who are temporary residents at a special facility or school must present a letter, on official letterhead, indicating that the facility is the responsible party. This letter must be signed by the Executive Director, Principal or equivalent.

Adults who are temporary residents at a special facility or school must present a letter, on official letterhead, indicating that the facility is the responsible party. This letter must be signed by the Executive Director, Principal or equivalent. A "Computer Use Only" card is available for these individuals. No items may be checked out.

Library cards issued to visitors will be valid for a period of 3 months to one year, depending on the conditions of the residency. Renewals will be considered on an individual basis.