The College provides bookstore service at both the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses. The bookstore carries required textbooks, trade books and study aids. Oakton College apparel and gear are available for purchase as well as school supplies (pens, notebooks, index cards, etc.), art supplies and snacks. Call 847.635.1680 for bookstore hours. 

Textbook Return Policy

Books may be returned within 7 days of purchase in the condition they were sold. Students must have their receipt for an exchange/refund. Books marked in any way are considered “used” and may not be accepted for return. All sealed books and CDs must be returned sealed. Book buybacks are online only.

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Early Childhood Education Center

Oakton provides preschool programs for children 3 to 5 years of age. These programs foster a developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum designed to support children’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative development.

This nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Center is located at the Ray Hartstein campus in Skokie. For information, call 847.635.1441 or visit

Educational Foundation

The Oakton College Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Oakton College. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, public charity governed by a community-based, volunteer board of directors. Established in 1977, the foundation was chartered to raise funds in support of the College. It provides funding and resources for Oakton that are not available through standard government and tax resources. The foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of sources, including individuals, corporations and other foundations. Since its founding, it has funded student scholarships, faculty and staff grants, equipment purchases, campus enhancements and other initiatives that enrich Oakton’s learning and working environment. Read more at

Food Service

Oakton provides cafeteria and vending machine service at the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses. Read more at

Grant Strategy and Development

The Office of Grant Strategy and Development serves the College by developing sources of external support for educational and program needs that may not be funded through the College’s operating budget. The office serves as Oakton’s central point for solicited and unsolicited funds to support college programs and activities. To this end, the office coordinates efforts to apply for, secure and administer appropriate federal, state, corporate and foundation grants. Read more at

Health and Wellness Services

Health and Wellness Services provides:

  • educational programs and services that promote wellness and encourage more healthful behavior among students, faculty and staff; 
  • referrals to health care agencies and health career professionals in the area; and
  • treatment of minor injuries and illnesses.

Health Services is staffed by a full-time nurse in Des Plaines, a part-time nurse at the Ray Hartstein Campus in Skokie, and a part-time physician/consultant. Health Services is located in room 1200 in Des Plaines, 847.635.1885, and room A175 at the Ray Hartstein Campus, 847.635.1419. Read more at


Student parking at the Des Plaines campus is available in Lots A and D, located directly north of the building. Accessible parking is available in Lots A, B and D for those with valid State of Illinois placards. Parking for employees is available in Lot C; parking permits are required to park in this lot. At the Ray Hartstein Campus in Skokie, posted signage defines faculty/staff spaces and other reserved spaces; all other parking is open to students, with additional parking available in the lot across Lincoln Avenue. Read more at

Appealing an Oakton Ticket

Students receiving a ticket for parking or moving violations have the right to appeal the ticket. The Student Judicial Board will hear all student appeals. Appeal forms are available at the Oakton Police Department or the Office of Student Life during regular office hours. Hearings are held the first Monday of the month in the afternoon.

All appeals must be received by the Office of Student Life within 21 days of the date the ticket was issued. Information on parking and speed regulations is contained in the Student Handbook at

Koehnline Museum of Art

The Koehnline Museum of Art at the Des Plaines campus features programs and exhibits for students, college employees and members of the greater community. The museum serves as a lab for the Museum Studies course (ART 120), advocates the support of local art, and makes an active effort to present Chicago-area artists focusing on modern and contemporary art. In addition to temporary exhibitions in the art gallery, the museum houses the Oakton art collection. This collection is on display throughout the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses, with a self-guided tour at each campus. Highlights of the collection include commissioned and donated paintings and graphics, as well as a sculpture park. Read more at