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Green Check MarkMission Statement

The Owensboro Community and Technical College Library provides the highest quality information resources and services for students, faculty, staff, and community.

Our mission is achieved by the following actions:

  • Provide a diverse collection of materials that support the instructional, informational, and research needs of our patrons.

  • Collaborate with other libraries and institutions to provide resources not available locally.

  • Provide a team-oriented, professional, and knowledgeable staff to maintain consistent and exemplary customer service.

  • Instruct patrons to effectively access and evaluate resources to meet their educational goals.

  • Sustain a supportive and service-oriented environment that reflects our commitment to enrich life-long learning.

  • Maintain partnerships with local libraries and learning institutions.

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ID CardObtain a Student ID/Library Card

A student ID card,which is also a library card, is available to OCTC students.This ID is required to borrow library materials (including reserve items) and to place requests. (A copy of your current class schedule and a government issued ID are required to get this card.) You may apply for a card Monday-Friday during our regular hours. Community patrons may review Circulation Policies on our About Us page for information about an OCTC library card and its use.

Search ComputerThe OCTC Library staff will help you:

Locate Library Materials
Demonstrate how and where items are shelved.
Search Online
Explain the various research databases and internet links on our web pages and instruction in their use.
Explore a Research or Speech Topic
Recommend alternative search terms. Offer suggestions to help broaden or narrow the search/subject. Explain the difference between a scholarly and non-scholarly source of information.
Use Library Equipment
Provide instruction in the use of the copier, computer monitor magnifier, and computer scanner.
Obtain a Library Card/Student ID card
A library card is available to students, employees, and community members. A library card is required to borrow library materials (including reserve items) and to place requests.
Place a Request
A hold request is for an item already checked out from our collection. An interlibrary loan (ILL) request is for an item that cannot be found locally. 


Take a video tour of the OCTC Library

Article Databases eBook Collections Search Catalogs
EBSCO Host Button EBSCO eBooks Button KCTCS Library Catalog Button
Button link to GALE Academic OneFile databases. Button link to Gale Virtual Reference Library database of more than 400 reference eBooks. Button link to OCLC WorldCat Discovery database (to find items at other libraries worldwide)
Button link to GALE Opposing Viewpoints in Context database of articles and topics of current interest. Button link to Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition.  Button link to KYVL's NovelList database
Button link to EBSCO Consumer Health Complete Database Button link to GALE Virtual Reference Library 39th edition (2012) of College Blue Book eBook. 


Education Success

Button link to GALE Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module database. 


Video databases

Button link to OCTC Library Help with Research website 
Button link to the Directory of Open Access Journals website  Button link to Films On Demand database Button link to OCTC Library InfoGuides website (Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled into Information Guides)
Button link to T.H.E. Journal (eJournal of K-12 Education Technology)


Photo Databases

Button link to ALLDATA Repair database - Restricted to on-campus access for automotive students only. 
Button link to the Chronicle Of Higher Education eJournal  Button link to Kentuckiana Digital Library website Button link to Learning Express Library database
Button link to Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning eJournal Button link to the Digital Library of Appalachia 


Request Forms 


Other Resources 


Special Services 

Button link to OCTC Library's Ask a Librarian form. 
Button link to Kentucky Virtual Library website  Button link to OCTC Library Faculty/Staff Services webpage.  Button link to Library Interlibrary Request form
Button link to Nota Bene website (Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Anthology)   Button link to OCTC Library's Library Instruction request form (for Faculty only). 
Button link to Kentucky Legislature Reports website    Button link to OCTC Library Reserves request form (for Faculty only). 

ReportPrivacy Warning

Under Section 215 of the federal USA PATRIOT ACT (Public Law 107-56), records of the books and other materials you borrow from Owensboro Community & Technical CollegeLibrary may be obtained by federal agents. Federal agents may also track your personal Internet usage on library computers. This federal law prohibits librarians from informing you if federal agents have obtained records about you.