Oakton College Library provides equal access to information literacy instruction and quality resources for faculty, staff, and students in our online learning communities.
Students must be registered for classes in a current or future semester to apply. We will send you a digital copy of your library card within 4 business days via email. You can then choose to either pick up your physical card or have it mailed to you (it will take up to two weeks for the physical card to be mailed to you off campus).
Online students who prefer to apply in person should bring a photo ID to the Library's front desk at either campus.
The library subscribes to many online resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, and more. You can access them through O.W.L. Oakton's Whole Library and/or our A-Z Databases list.
Off-campus: Log in with your myOakton username and password.
For your convenience, the Oakton Library provides multiple options for online students who need to access books.
Print: Visit either the Des Plaines Campus or Skokie/Ray Hartstein Campus to check out books. Search our catalog, also known as O.W.L. Oakton's Whole Library, to find materials.
eBooks: Reach thousands of e-books through the Library website. If prompted, log in with your myOakton username and password.
I-Share: Oakton belongs to I-Share, a group of over 80 academic libraries in Illinois that partner to share resources. You can check out books at any I-Share library using your Oakton Library card, or you can request books be sent to either campus at Oakton for you to pick up.
Public libraries: While most public libraries do not have the in-depth research materials college libraries do, they can still be convenient and helpful resources. If you need assistance finding your local library, contact us through Ask a Librarian:
Oakton Librarians are ready to help you find articles and information for your papers, speeches, and presentations. You can reach out to a librarian at any point, including the moment you receive your assignment. We will help alleviate any research anxiety and help you approach your project with confidence.
Multiple ways to get help: