Library Services for Online Students

The Oakton Community College Library provides services for all students, regardless of location.

Services offered include:

Ask a Librarian

On campus: Oakton librarians are available at both the Des Plaines and Skokie campus. Stop by the Reference Desk at either location, or schedule a one-on-one Research Consultation.

Off campus: Oakton librarians are available by phone, email, text, and online chat. Find out how to access all your remote options on our AskLibrary page.

Library Cards

All currently registered Oakton students are eligible to get a Library card/Student ID.

On campus: Visit the Circulation Desk at either the Des Plaines or Skokie campus Library. Bring a driver's license, state ID, or Oakton course schedule.

Off campus: If you cannot come to campus, contact Gretchen Schneider ( at the Library for more information.


The Library subscribes to many electronic resources including:

Use the links along the left side of the Library site to explore what we offer. 
Off campus: Log in with your myOakton username and password.


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 ebooks 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 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.

Beginning Research

The guide “Eight Steps to Research Success” leads you through the research process, from choosing a topic to citing sources and everything in between.