Close Menu

New Student Guide (Page 2)

About Galvin Library


During fall and spring semester, the library opens at noon on Sunday and remains open until 7 p.m. on Friday. The hours page of the library website will always have the most up-to-date information about the library's hours.

We usually close early with the rest of the university the day before a holiday, so be sure to check our hours before you head over.

Getting in to the Library

After 6 p.m., you'll need your student ID (also called your Hawk Card) to get into the library. No exceptions; no having your friend swipe in for you. Make sure to bring your ID with you.

Generic image of student ID card.


There are two sets of public bathrooms, both on the lower level.



You are welcome to bring food and drink into the library, or eat items purchased from the vending machines on the lower level.

Please: clean up after yourself and keep food and drinks away from library computers.

Photograph of a hand holding a sandwich


There are over 45 computers for use, most on the upper level. Just use your portal user name and password to log in. There is a computer on the lower level that allows you to play DVDs, CDs, or VHS tapes. Please bring your own headphones. 

Photograph of several tables and computers on the upper level of the library.


There are laptops available for you to check out from the Circulation desk on the lower level. They have basic productivity software like Microsoft Office, and also speciality software like AutoCAD. To see all available software and where on campus to find it, see the Lab Software list from the Office of Technology Services. 


There are over 20 scanners connected to computers on the upper level, as well as a freestanding scanner that will email your scan to you when you're finished. There are directions taped to each scanner. Scanners are free to use. 


Printing works the same way anywhere on the main campus: select the type of print you want to make, then use the release station to start the print job. View instructions on how to set up printing on your laptop or mobile device. 

You'll mostly use the IIT Windows BW Laser Printer selection to make prints on standard 8.5 x 11" paper (this is the standard U.S. paper size) with black ink.

White Boards

They're on wheels, so just move them to where you need them. Markers and erasers are attached to the boards in bags. Have a dried out marker or eraser that stopped working? Take it to the Research Help Office for a refill!