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Library Information for Oakton Online Students

Welcome Online Students!

Oakton College Library provides equal access to information literacy instruction and quality resources for faculty, staff, and students in our online learning communities.

Digital Library Card/OWL ID

To apply for a digital library card/Owl ID, please fill out and submit our Library Card Request Form.

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.

Help Guides to assist you in using some of our most popular library databases.

If you cannot find the article(s) you are looking for, you can request it from other libraries. Simply fill out this form:
ILL Request Form


There are a number of ways online students can access books.

Print: Visit either the Des Plaines or Skokie campus to check out books. Search our catalog 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 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. 

If you cannot find the book(s)/chapter(s) you are looking for, you can request it from other libraries. Simply fill out this form:
ILL Request Form

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.

Citation Resources

For citation help, click on the following link:
Cite it Right

You'll find information on MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations; plagiarism; and NoodleTools and other citation tools. 

Meet with a Librarian - Schedule a Virtual Research Consultation

Oakton Librarians are ready to help you find articles and information for your papers, speeches, and presentations. Virtual Research Consultations by AskLibrary online chat or by phone are available for Oakton students. Simply set up an appointment to meet one-on-one with a librarian.

Please fill out and submit our appointment request form.

Online Help from 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 when you receive your assignment. We will help alleviate any research anxiety and help you approach your project with confidence.

Librarians Are Here To Help

  • Make an appointment: Meet online via Zoom or at either campus.
  • Chat with a librarian: Chat with a librarian during library hours online.
  • Email a librarian: Email our library staff your reference question. We will answer during library hours.
  • Library FAQ: Search for answers to common questions asked at our reference desk.
  • Research guides: Find a guide on a specific topic written by one of our librarians.
  • Call a librarian: Des Plaines: 847.635.1644. Skokie 847.635.1474
  • Text a librarian: 847.635.1644

Other Helpful College Resources

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