Fall Semester Chat Hours
- Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
If the chat is unavailable during these times, the librarians may be away from the desk. Please allow a minute or two for a response. Outside of regular chat hours, please email.
For Library locations, hours, staff, and policies see our About Us page.
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.
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.
Demonstrate how and where items are shelved.
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.
Help us fulfill our mission by taking our library survey.
A large collection of articles and they even have citation tools! You can get specific or keep it general when searching.
GALE Academic OneFile
A scholarly journal database made for college students!
GALE Opposing Viewpoints
Hundreds of topics with the positive and negative views of each is in this database!
Films on Demand
Thousands of educational videos available for immediate streaming.
EBSCOhost Consumer Health Complete
“Your health matters!” Use this database to get the latest health and wellness information.
GALE Health & Wellness Center
Interested in a health or medicine issue? Get the latest news or in-depth coverage.
KYVL (Kentucky Virtual Library)
A platform for Kentucky libraries and institutions to share their digital collections.
Around-the-clock access to electronic books whether you are reading for fun or using for research.
GALE Virtual Reference Library
Reference eBooks are a great place to start your research.
We don’t have what you’re looking for? Maybe some other library does, so search here.
Ask A Librarian
Asking us a question using this form will get you an answer within 48 hours.
OCTC Databases MLA Citation Examples
To help you with your MLA Works Cited page, if you used our library’s resources.
Watch this video to find out how to use this articles database.
Detailed MLA formatting examples
Access to Purdue’s online writing lab guide to help you with MLA formatting and citations.
Detailed APA formatting examples
Access to Purdue’s online writing lab guide to help you with APA formatting and citations.
Distinguishing Scholarly vs. Popular Sources of Information
Did your instructor say scholarly resources only? This guide will help you figure it out.
Helps you determine what a good website is.
Background information to start your research.
KYVL Britannica Academic
Interactive encyclopedia and much more!
Library resource guides to support your classes and studying.
Automotive repair students will use this, on campus only, resource of manufactures’ repair information and technical service bulletins.
Learning Express Library
For work or school, this resource has tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help learners of all ages.
Chronicle of Higher Education
News, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.
Ancestry Library Edition
The world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource (only accessible from campus).
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.