Library Services for Faculty and Staff

How to Get Your Oakton Library Card

To get your Oakton Library card, bring a picture ID (driver's license or state ID) to the circulation desk at the Des Plaines or RHC Skokie campus library. 

Top 5 reasons for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators to get an Oakton Library Card:

  • Check out and renew books
  • Check out videos for 1 week for free
  • Borrow books from 85 other academic and research libraries in Illinois
  • Request and renew materials online
  • Be a role model for Oakton students

How to Request a Library Instruction Workshop

The Oakton Library faculty will present workshops tailored to the goals of your class research assignments. 

To schedule a class library research instruction session:

Des Plaines:

Online: Library Instruction Workshop Request Form
Phone: 847.635.1644
Email: Jane Malik,


Online: Library Instruction Workshop Request Form
Phone: 847.635.1474
Email: Sherrill Weaver,

How to Place Books and Other Items on Reserve in the Oakton Library

Books, articles, and other materials may be placed on Reserve at the Circulation Desk for the semester in which students will need them. Materials are usually restricted to library use only for a short circulation period. Copyright restrictions may apply to the placement of photocopied articles on Reserve. Copyright permission forms are available in division offices.

For more information on how to place materials on reserve, please call:
Des Plaines: 847.635.1642
Skokie: 847.635.1432

How to Borrow a Book from Your Oakton Campus Library

Take the book and your Oakton Library card to the Des Plaines or Ray Hartstein-Skokie Campus Library Circulation Desk. Staff will check out the book.

How to Borrow a Book from the Other Oakton Campus Library

You can borrow a book directly from the other campus library using the Oakton Community College Library Catalog and your Oakton Library card. The easiest way to do this is to ask at the circulation or reference desk for assistance. If you need help requesting books, please call 847.635.1642 or 847.635.1432.

How to Borrow a Book Online from Other Academic Libraries in Illinois

Oakton Community College students and faculty may request interlibrary loan books from other CARLI member libraries through the I-Share Catalog by using your Oakton Library card (CARLI is the acronym for Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.) If you need help requesting books, please call 847.635.1642 or 847.635.1432. The library staff will call you when a book arrives at the campus library where you requested the book to be sent. To pick up your books, please visit the circulation desk with your Oakton Library card.