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Automotive Repair Manual Index

What types of materials are in the collection?

Most of the 3,500 volumes that comprise the Oak Lawn Public Library's automotive repair collection are factory manuals, with domestic models dominating. All American manufacturers, and a substantial number of imports are covered. In addition, there are also numerous after-market manuals products by publishers such as Chilton, Haynes, Clymer, Motor, etc. Most of the major car companies are covered back to the 1960s, although gaps exist.

The Library also owns a microfiche collection made up of both factory manuals and the Mitchell repair manuals. Although the fiche must be used within the library, it is possible to make copies for a nominal fee.

Also available within the Library is Mitchell Manual's RepairNet online automotive repair resource.

Where are the materials located?

Repair manuals for the current 14 years are housed on the 2nd floor in the Reference Services Department on shelves open to the public. Older manuals in print format are housed in the Library's storage area. Storage materials may be checked out, but must be retrieved by a staff member.

The books have color-coded bindings to designate the different automobile companies. For example, Chevrolet has green covers, Ford .... brown, etc. Within each company section, arrangement is by model year.

In general, the call number on the spine of the books are as follows:

  Automobiles 629.28722
  Light Trucks/Vans 629.2873
  Heavy Duty Trucks 629.2874

The microfiche collection is located in the black file cabinets near the Business/Law reference collection. A reader/printer will be found there, as well.

A small collection of items is housed in the reference section in the area of REF/629.287. This collection includes wiring diagrams, emission control information, general repair manuals (Chilton, Motor, etc.), and other miscellaneous publications, and must be used within the Library.

Who may borrow the materials?

The vast majority of our materials may be checked out for a 3-week period on any valid library card issued by a suburban library. For those materials which may not be removed from the premises, photocopy machines are available for public use.

Oak Lawn residents may place reserves against check-out titles, or have the Library borrow titles from other libraries, if available. Non-residents must contact their home library to receive similar services.

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