The Lane Library/Media Center; located on the second floor above the Main Office is a large spacious facility, with chandeliers, dark oak paneling and huge library tables, reminiscent of a college library. Many visitors come to see the world famous WPA woodcuts by Peterpaul Ott.

Library Assistants are always available to assist students and staff to find and use materials.

Library Hours

Monday: 7:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Tuesday – Friday: 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Telephone Number: 534-5683

Extension: 45683

Our Collection

  • Over 20,000 catalogued books, including an extensive young adult fiction collection
  • A well developed reference collection covering a wide range of subject areas
  • Subscriptions to a variety of daily newspapers
  • Subscriptions to weekly, bi-monthly and monthly magazines
  • Access to the internet and online databases

Lane Tech Library Catalog

Click here to search for books currently in the Lane Tech Library. Use the system to find the location of books on the shelf, and request a hold if the book is not currently available.

Virtual Libraries

Students and Teachers/Staff can check out books using their CPS User ID and password.

Professional Virtual Library
178 titles for teachers and administrators

World Language E-Books
425 Mackin and Follett eBooks (see tab at top of the search screen; in 11 languages)

Policies and Procedures

Class Reservation Policy

We welcome any teachers interested in bringing their classes to the library for instruction or research. Please use the online calendar to make a reservation. Instructions are available in the Lane Tech Staff folder on Google Drive. In order to accommodate our students, only one class can reserve the library during lunch periods.

Student Policy

IDs must be worn at all times and are required for checking out or renewing books.

Students have access to the library:

Before school starting at 7:00 A.M.

After school until 5:00 P.M.

In addition, students are welcome during their lunch period. Reminder: No food or drinks are allowed in the library.

Students may also use the library with a signed and dated pass from their teachers during class periods.

Library Procedures

To Check out a book you must have your I.D. Card

OVERDUE fines are 10 cents/day per book

LOST books are the cost of the book + fines.

Library Databases

Usernames and passwords are available in the library for remote access. Access information has also been sent to students’ CPS emails.

Chicago Public School Databases

(for use by all CPS students and staff)

Lane Tech Databases

(additional resources provided by the library for use by Lane Tech students and staff)

Access World News

Find U.S. and global information on topics related to controversial issues and more from a variety of news media.

America’s Historical Newspapers (1690-2000)

Find news articles covering topics in government, politics, social issues, culture, literature discoveries, inventions and more from hundreds of primary sources.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Offers encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

Opposing Viewpoints

Offers an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.


Offers digitized back issues of academic journals; includes books and primary sources, and current issues of journals. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals.

CQ Researcher

In depth coverage on hundreds of contemporary social issues.