Illinois Institute of Technology’s libraries include Paul V. Galvin Library; the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (Mies Campus); the Graham Resource Center (Mies Campus); the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library (Downtown Campus); the Institute for Food Safety and Health Library (Moffett Campus); and University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) (Mies Campus).
Paul V. Galvin Library
As the university’s central library, Paul V. Galvin Library combines digital access with traditional library services. The library’s physical holdings include more than one million volumes and library spaces that accommodate both individual and collaborative learning. Computers, printers, scanners, copiers, and 3-D printers are available for patrons. Virtual services are provided 24 hours per day with access to online databases indexing millions of journal articles, from approximately 62,000 full text e-journals, more than one million e-books, and I-Share, a statewide resource sharing system of more than 85 academic libraries. Galvin Library also provides web-based delivery of materials including documents requested via interlibrary loan. The library’s instruction program serves the university community by teaching skills needed to locate, retrieve, and evaluate information. Library instructors teach at all levels from introductory to advanced, cover a broad range of information and retrieval techniques, and subject specialists can specifically tailor instruction sessions. The library also manages and maintains an institutional repository.
Graham Resource Center
Housed in Crown Hall, the Graham Resource Center (GRC) is the university’s architecture library, serving students and faculty of the College of Architecture (COA), and a branch of Paul Galvin Library. The GRC supports the educational and curricular goals of the COA by acquiring, preserving, and serving materials in various media to COA students, faculty, and staff; providing reference and research assistance to patrons about architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning, and offering bibliographic instruction to all GRC and architecture researchers and users.
The collections of the Graham Resource Center includes more than 15,000 books, 40 journal titles, and many electronic resources to meet research and reference needs. The GRC also holds special collections focused on Mies van der Rohe and Chicago architecture, as well as a circulating collection of iconic chairs.
Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
The center, located in Hermann Hall, contains a variety of materials dealing with professional and applied ethics, as well as how ethical and social issues arise in scientific research and emerging technologies. Home to the Ethics Codes Collection , the largest collection of codes and ethics and guidelines in the world, the library provides bibliographic assistance to students and researchers and assists visiting scholars and practitioners.
Chicago-Kent College of Law Library
The law library at the Downtown Campus serves Chicago-Kent College of Law and other university programs taught at the downtown facility. The law library is one of the largest in the country, with more than 500,000 volumes of legal materials covering federal, state, local, and international jurisdictions. The law library is a depository for U.S. Federal, United Nations, and European Union materials. The law librarians provide research and instructional assistance to faculty and students of the Downtown Campus, as well as tours and instruction to others who use the law library. Special collections include the Library of International Relations, the Law School Archives, and the Law School’s growing institutional repository.
Institute for Food Safety and Health Library
Located on Illinois Institute of Technology’s Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, the branch library at the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) supports both the academic curriculum for the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, and the food safety and technology research being conducted at IFSH.
A depository library for the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), the library provides digital access to all of the Galvin Library’s databases, as well as services such as interlibrary loan, web-based document delivery, and library instruction.
University Archives & Special Collections
Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library, University Archives & Special Collections (UASC) holds materials relating to every aspect of Illinois Institute of Technology’s history, including non-current university records, papers of faculty members, alumni, and student organizations; publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, artifacts, and more. UASC holdings are non-circulating, and no special credentials or permissions are necessary to use the materials; UASC is open to the Illinois Institute of Technology community and general public for research and reference use. UASC staff are also able to assist students, faculty, and staff with archival research, and are available for classroom instruction sessions using primary source materials. Holdings can be searched at archives.iit.edu .