The Gail Borden Public Library offers a variety of services for high school educators to introduce their students to library services. Librarians can provide in class instruction, host your next library visit, and help direct students with career & college readiness.

Educator Cards

Teachers at high schools located within our library district may apply for an apply for an Educator Card. These cards allow access to library materials and online resources for classroom use. High schools within the district are Elgin Academy, Elgin High School, Larkin High School, St. Edward Central Catholic School, and South Elgin High School.

Educators can apply for a card at the Main Library, Rakow Branch, or South Elgin Branch.

Library Visits

Educators are invited to bring their class to a visit to the library to learn about library services, get a start on a research project, and visit Studio 270, the library's high school teen center.

Bring your class to get a head start on their next research project, paper, or essay. Librarians can provide instruction on how to use the collection, search databases, and provide a curated selection of materials for your class project.

Special Education Visits

Visit Studio 270 to learn about the library and have a great time. Schedule time to have a library tour, learn how to sign up for library cards, have time on computers, play video and board games, have craft time, and much more. Have time in Studio 270 just for your students to explore and learn.

Schedule a Library Visit

Contact Billie Jo Moffett at 847-289-5833 or to schedule your next library visit.

School Visits

Need additional materials to complement a curriculum topic? Would you like a demonstration of a test preparation site or research database? Do your students need assistance in finding articles for a research topic? High school teachers are encouraged to contact Billie Jo Moffett,, or at 847-289-5833 for individual assistance. Classroom visits and demos are available.

College & Career Readiness

Trained staff can assist with college applications, scholarship searches, and proofreading those important college essays. AVID classes, and others, may benefit from these services.


Teens looking to complete volunteer service hours can do so at Studio 270, the library’s high school teen center. Individual, as well as group sessions are available. Please contact Billie at for more information.