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Building Access & Use

The university library system has a primary mission to support the educational, teaching, research, and administrative needs of the faculty, students, and staff of Illinois Institute of Technology.

Study and Computer Areas

  • Galvin Library's computers are part of the IIT network and require a faculty, staff or student login.
  • A Quiet Zone is available on the south end of the upper level for quiet study.
  • Galvin Library reserves the right to erase white boards at the beginning of each day.
  • Meetings, discussions, and group study sessions should occur in group study rooms when available.

Damage of Library Materials

If you damage any library material or facility:

  • You may be asked to pay for the damage.
  • You may lose library privileges.
  • Other penalties may apply, depending on university policy and Illinois state law.

Security and Safety

  • You may be asked by library staff and/or security personnel to show identification when using the library.
    • Anyone who refuses may be asked to leave the library.
  • Library staff will call IIT Public Safety any time there is a disturbance or suspicious activity.
  • 911 will be called in case of fire, medical emergency or if law enforcement assistance is needed.
  • If a fire, tornado, or other emergency situation occurs, library staff will provide procedures for evacuation or taking shelter.

Food and Drink

  • Food and drink are not allowed in library computing areas.
  • Drinks with lids or caps are allowed in study areas.
  • Snacks are permitted, but messy or odorous food is discouraged, and may need to be removed from the library.
  • Trash receptacles are provided throughout the library. Please clean up after yourself.

Cell Phones

  • While in the library, cell phone ringers should be turned off and phones should be set to vibrate.
  • Cell phone conversations should not take place in study and research areas.
  • Users who violate this policy may be asked to leave the library.


  • Anyone who wishes to film or photograph within the library must contact
  • Requests will be accommodated only if they do not interfere with other patrons’ research and study.

Literature Distribution, Solicitation

  • Posters, bulletins or solicitations may be displayed only in designated areas on the Lower Level, and must have a stamp provided by the Dean of Students' office.
  • If you have any questions about library facilities or policies, please contact library administration at or 312.567.5136.
  • Failure to comply with library policies may result in loss of library access and/or privileges.