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Differences Between the Oakton Library and the Public Libraries

Service Area
supports the educational mission of the College and research needs of students, faculty and staff
Public Library serves informational, recreational and lifelong learning needs of the community

Book Collection
scholarly books to enhance research needs and support college curriculum
Public Library general books to support self-education and personal enrichment

scholarly journals to enhance research and support college curriculum; do not circulate
Public Library wide range of general interest magazines that may circulate

Study Areas
spacious areas conducive to quiet study and research
Public Library limited quiet areas

available to all students, faculty and staff
Public Library may be restricted to card holders of a specific library

research workshops and individual consultations tailored to specific needs
Public Library caters to a variety of topics of interest to the community

Borrowing Privileges
available to all students, faculty staff and community residents; may honor users from other Illinois academic libraries
Public Library available to users with a valid Library card or proper ID from most public libraries in Illinois

in-depth individualized and group instruction
Public Library limited individualized and group instruction

Shelf Arrangement
Library of Congress Classification System
Public Library Dewey Decimal System

Interlibrary Loan
Oakton available to all students, faculty and staff
Public Library available to anyone with a valid library card or proper ID from most Illinois public libraries

Thanks to Rose Allen, librarian at the Mt. Prospect Public Library, for creating this comparison.

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