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Facilities and Libraries

The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory is an X-ray beamline facility with sectors dedicated to Illinois Tech-led research of the Materials Research Collaborative Access Team and the Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (principal faculty within the College of Science).

Armour College of Engineering Research Laboratories includes nearly three-dozen labs equipped to support the multiple programs and research strengths within the college.

Illinois Tech’s Machine Shop is a recognized prototyping and machining provider for small-quantity custom projects. Specialties include model building, wind tunnel modeling, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and custom projects.

Founded in 2006, University Technology Park at Illinois Tech is one of the nation’s fastest-growing hubs for high-tech innovation, featuring office and lab space for startup companies in addition to facilities dedicated to faculty research, especially in energy and sustainability, food safety, and biomedical engineering.

The extensive facilities at Illinois Tech’s Institute for Food Safety and Health include the IFSH BSL-3 Biocontainment Pilot Plant and Laboratory, one of the first of its kind in the country and specifically designed to conduct food processing research and validation studies.

The Idea ShopTM is a rapid-prototyping lab on campus with a range of tools including 3-D printers and scanners, CNC milling machines, vacuum formers, laser cutters, and more, available to both students and faculty for coursework, research projects, and independent work.

The state-of-the-art Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation facility houses microgrid research, demonstration, and education activities. Its 16th floor location within IIT Tower overlooks the Mies Campus, which composes the entire Perfect Power System, the country’s first functional smart microgrid.

When complete, the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship will house unique facilities and equipment for implementing novel, educational, and entrepreneurial strategies. Its workshops, media labs, classrooms, collaborative hubs, emerging technologies, and “maker spaces” will also enhance the activities of Illinois Tech’s groundbreaking IPRO Program, Idea Shop, and Entrepreneurship Academy, and Jules Knapp Entrepreneurship Center.


Illinois Tech’s library network includes the main Paul V. Galvin Library and several discipline-focused libraries located across the university’s campuses.

Paul V. Galvin Library—More than 1.2 million print volumes, access to more than 100 databases of scholarly journals and tens of thousands of ebooks, interlibrary loan, 3-D printers, laptop and iPad rentals, computer labs, research appointments, university archives, online publishing services

Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions Library—An extensive print collection dating to 1975, and print and online resource guides, that pertain to the promotion of research and teaching on practical moral problems in the professions; collections available for any interested persons

Chicago-Kent College of Law Library—One of the largest law libraries in the country, with approximately half a million volumes and access to more than 170 database collections and electronic journals; special collections relating to law, business, and international relations; services for students, faculty, alumni, and attorneys and law firms

Graham Resource Center—The library of the College of Architecture, located within historic S. R. Crown Hall, with an extensive collection of media for architecture research and teaching, including special collections pertaining to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Chicago architecture, and other archival materials

Institute for Food Safety and Health Library—Books and monographs in the areas of food processing, food safety and food technology, chemistry, and microbiology, in addition to a serials collection of more than 183 titles; one of 10 libraries in the United States that receives Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) publications