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24/7 eLibrary


& Learning

Tutor.com, Testing & Education Reference

Center, The Great Courses, World Book

Encyclopedia, Virtual Reference Library,

Gale Courses & Powerspeak Languages

For additional help, visit the library or set up an

appointment with a librarian.


Main Library

270 N. Grove Ave.

Elgin, IL 60120


9251 KG 9/11/18

Rakow Branch

2751 W. Bowes Rd.

Elgin, IL 60124


South Elgin Branch

127 S. McLean Blvd.

South Elgin, IL 60177


All Databases


Databases are accessible within the three library buildings or

from home with a Gail Borden Public Library District card.


Auto Finance Resource

Chilton's Vehicle Repair


Business Insights: Global

Demographics Now

Illinois Public Records

Legal Forms Library


Small Business Resource Center

Value Line

Careers & Education

Gale Courses

The Great Courses

Powerspeak Languages

Testing & Education Reference Center

Virtual Reference Library

For Students K-12

Biography in Context


Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Hispanica Saber


Scholastic GO!

Science in Context

Student Resources in Context


U.S. History in Context

World Book Encyclopedia

Genealogy & Local History

Ancestry Library Edition

(only available at the library)


(only available at the library)

HeritageQuest Online


Literary Sources


Local Newspapers &


Chicago Tribune (1849-current)

Courier News (1997-current)

Daily Herald (12/10/1992-current)

Elgin Newspapers Index

General OneFile






Live homework help, test prep,

resume review, & more

K-12 and college students can get help in subjects including math, science,

English, social studies, and essay review, as well as Test Prep such as ACT, SAT,

and more. Live tutors are available from 4-11 pm daily.

Adults can get help with resume review, job searching, and interview

preparation. Tutors can also help with GED and Citizenship preparation.

1. Go to gailborden.info/databases

2. Select Tutor.com

3. Creating an account is optional, and it will unlock extra features

4. Your free Tutor.com account will allow you to use the Tutor.com

app on a mobile device

Testing & Education

Reference Center

Test prep & practice

ACT, SAT, NCLEX, ASVAB, and more

1. Go to gailborden.info/databases

2. Select Testing & Education Reference Center

3. Login with your 14-digit Gail Borden Library card number

4. Select the type of user you are and what types of resources you

want to access

Test Prep eBooks Available

The Great Courses

Access to over 150 courses, taught by the world's greatest

professors, covering a wide variety of subjects.

1. Go to gailborden.info/rbdigital

2. Select "Access Resource" under "The Great Courses through


3. Click "Get Started"

4. Create a New Account or Login

5. Access the collection with an unlimited 7-day pass

Download the RBdigital app to enjoy

The Great Courses on your device

World Book


Access a world of information through an encyclopedia of

primary source material and up-to-date aicles.

1. Go to gailborden.info/databases

2. Select World Book Encyclopedia

3. Login with your 14-digit Gail Borden Library card number

4. Choose a World Book product to explore


Reference Library

Access an award-winning eBook and research experience by

searching for aicles by keyword, subject, publication, and more.

1. Go to gailborden.info/databases

2. Select Virtual Reference Library

3. Login with your 14-digit Gail Borden Library card number

4. Search by keyword or browse by topic

Access hundreds of encyclopedia and

magazine aicles from any library with

Gale databases.

Gale Courses

Professional & personal online


Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses

that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions

begin every month.

1. Go to gailborden.info/databases

2. Select Gale Courses

3. Find courses by browsing through the categories or by using the

search bar.

4. Click "Enroll Now" next to the course of your choice.

5. Select your course start date and click "Continue."

6. Create a free Gale Courses account, or sign in to an existing


7. Enter your library barcode in the box labeled Submit. Then click

"Use Library Card" to complete enrollment.

Students who have enrolled in a course must log in and view lessons one and

two within 13 days after the start date of the course, or they will be

automatically dropped.



Learn English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean,

and Russian with interactive lessons and exercises.

1. Go to gailborden.info/databases

2. Select Powerspeak Languages

3. Create an Account or Login

4. Choose a Language and start the lessons

Hello English,

Hello Elgin


• Information on free classes, tutoring, and conversation


• Recommended websites with grammar, vocabulary,

pronunciation, listening, citizenship, reading and writing

lessons and activities

KG 9/6/18

Mobile App

Use the Library’s

mobile app to:

• Store your library card

number to show or scan

• Search the catalog

• Register for events

• Check your account

• Find contact information,

hours and directions

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Need Help?

Receive one-on-one help from librarians—

you can even schedule an appointment.

Phone: 847-429-4680

Text: 847-754-4599

Email: gbplweb@gailborden.info

In person: The Information Desk is located

on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library

Databases are accessible within the three library buildings or

from home with a Gail Borden Public Library District card.

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