VolunteersTeens entering grades 9-12 are invited to volunteer at the library in the Studio Volunteer Corps. We provide a variety of services for the library including pulling carts of books, making buttons for library events, preparing crafts for the Youth Department, and making the library a great place to be.

Please bring an ID, School IDs, Drivers License, or Library Card.

Volunteer at Home

Introducing, the Studio 270 Virtual Volunteering program! Teens in grades 9-12 can safely earn volunteer hours from home. Make greeting cards, write book reviews for the website, digitize for the Library of Congress, and more!

Here's how it works:

  1. If you have never filled out an volunteer application, please do so by clicking here.
  2. Access this Google form to see descriptions of all of the virtual activities and then submit your work in the form. You can do 8 submissions per calendar month.

Questions? Email us at studio270@gailborden.info for more info.


  1. Sign Up
  2. Register for each volunteer session you wish to attend.
  3. Arrive at Studio 270 with your high school ID or library card and a proper face covering. Volunteers more than 5 minutes late may have their spot filled from the waiting list.

Sign Up

Sign up in Studio 270, at the Information Desk, or Online. You only need to sign up once throughout your high school career. Please note that we are unable to sign off on any court mandated service at this time.


Please register for each volunteer event you wish to attend by clicking the calendar links below.


If you have any questions about volunteering or can not make the scheduled times please contact Nick Stackowiak at 847-695-7577 or nstackowiak@gailborden.info.


All scheduled opportunities are for the Main Library. If you would like to volunteer at the Rakow or South Elgin Branches please select the location on the online application and you will be contacted about possible opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Squad
Drop in and help out the library with cleaning, book displays, and other projects.

Teen Advisory Board
Make have a voice and make a difference in the Library.

The Reviewers
Do you have an opinion? Then help us write and edit book, movie, and game reviews for our website.

Cards for Humanity
Make unique greeting cards for those in our community who need it most.

Creative Crew 
Help us create wonderful and unusual works of art for Studio 270. This will be an ongoing group so regular attendance is encouraged!

Knitting for a Cause
Help us knit hats and scarves for those in need.

More Ways to Volunteer
The United Way Teen Volunteer Guide can direct you to volunteer opportunities through out Elgin.

The Gail Borden Public Library District does not accept Court Ordered Community Service volunteers at this time.