2601 E Paul Jones Street
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Phone (DSN) 312-792-4617
Fax (DSN) 312-792-3602
Navy General Library Program
The Navy General Library Program provides sailors with a way to further their professional and voluntary educational pursuits and leisure activities through the provision of digital library products on Navy Knowledge Online, as well as through the Navy Digital Library and the Ashore and Afloat Library Program. The program also provides leisure reading materials in print and audio formats. Access to an array of information sources and leisure materials is available 24/7, worldwide. The digital libraries on Navy Knowledge Online and Navy Digital Library include ebooks (Overdrive, Tumblebooks), downloadable audio books, genealogy databases, a financial database (Morningstar) and newspapers from all 50 states with an emphasis on fleet concentration areas and international locations. The libraries also include 5000 full-text journals and magazines, College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, practice tests, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, Subject Standardized Tests, or DSST, practice tests, digital image newspapers and magazines, and do-it-yourself databases. More products are added each year as funding allows.
Ashore libraries are located on 27 naval installations and provide a variety of print and audio-visual materials for checkout to eligible customers. The libraries provide access to the Internet through computers and wirelessly at no charge. Most installation libraries conduct special programs, such as story hours and summer reading programs, classes, book clubs, as well as author and book talks.
Afloat libraries include computers and collections of print and audio materials, but vary in size depending on the type of vessel. At one end of the spectrum is a carrier, which may have a collection as large as 15,000 volumes. At the other end, a submarine may have a collection of only a few hundred items. Monthly shipments of paperback books are provided to the fleet. As a part of the Afloat Library Program, the Navy General Library Program provides an "opening day" collection for every new ship entering the Navy's active fleet.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library
Our mobile military members often don't have the resources of a brick and mortar library on hand. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation digital library provides those resources for members in transit, at foreign missions or remote sites, and for deployed personnel. Access to library materials in electronic and downloadable format is available online, 24/7. The library provides recreation, lifelong learning, and reference and career resources for all ages and interests. All resources, including audio and ebooks, are available free to Service members anywhere there is access to the Internet.
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation digital library resources include the following:
Learn more about the Morale, Welfare and Recreation digital library at Military OneSource.
Installation Specific Information
The Great Lakes MWR Library offers over 25,000 items including fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, DVD movies, local and national newspapers and many popular magazines. Other services include a computer room with Internet access and printing, free wireless Internet access for those with laptops, a photocopier, a scanner, and DVD players Computers are equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for those working on papers or other projects.The MWR Library has copies of all the books featured in the Navy Professional Reading Program. The program was developed to encourage life-long reading and learning by all Sailors.
The Library also offers many CLEP and DANTES test study guides plus DVD study courses for a number of tests. Study materials are available for other tests, including ASVAB, ACT, SAT and GRE.The library also has information on Naval Station events and local attractions. We also have rotating topical displays to highlight items from our collection.
The MWR Library welcomes children! We provide a child-friendly room. The children's area also has a computerized early literacy system comprised of 46 programs and activities. Throughout the year, we also offer several reading programs for children, aged, 3-13 and story time for preschoolers.
The Great Lakes Library is located in building 617; Phone: 847-688-4617; Fax: 847-688-3602; DSN 312-792-4617. The hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.and Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We are closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Mailing Address -- Naval Station Great Lakes MWR Library Bldg 160, 2601E Paul Jones St., Great Lakes IL 60088-2834.
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