Open 24 Hours – Starts August 19

September 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Posted in hours, news | Comments Off on Open 24 Hours – Starts August 19



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We are open all day and all night continuously from Sunday through Friday, and open on a Saturday too! You can find what you need and the space to study, alone or in a group, at Galvin Library. Starting Monday, August 19, we will:

• open on Sunday at 12:00 PM and stay open 24 hours a day until closing on Friday at 7:00 PM
• open on Saturday from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

NEW this year, the library will be open on BOTH levels to best serve your study and collaboration needs.  We have NEW spaces and furnishings (with more new furniture arriving throughout the first month of classes) and we welcome both returning and new students to find out why Galvin Library is THE place for IIT scholars to be!

Services available during all hours include access to:

• Study areas on BOTH levels for individual, group and collaborative learning opportunities
• Library computers, scanners, copiers and printers on BOTH levels
OTS laptops available during ALL library hours that can be used ANYWHERE on BOTH levels
(*may not be available during the first week of the semester, *laptops cannot leave the library)
OTS Support Desk ALL night long!
• The Reserves collection which contains textbooks
• Books (reference, circulating and leisure reading) and journals (bound journals and popular magazines)

From 6:00 PM – 7:30 AM you must have your IIT ID to enter the library. There is a public safety officer in the building at night and public safety provides escorts for students on campus. Follow Galvin Library on Facebook.

Questions? Ask a librarian by email, telephone, IM chat or text, or stop by in person!

Resources affected by the government shutdown (Updated)

September 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Posted in databases, news | Comments Off on Resources affected by the government shutdown (Updated)

The shutdown has been resolved and all government websites are now available (Oct 18, 2013)

The ongoing government shutdown is affecting access to government websites and databases. Some have completely shut down and most others are not being updated.

As of Thursday, October 3rd, the following sites are completely offline:

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (
  • Education Resource Information Center ( is shut down, but is temporarily available through EBSCO)
  • Federal Communications Commission (
  • Federal Trade Commission (
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (
  • National Park Service (
  • National Institute of Mental Health (
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( is offline, but you can still get to
  • National Science Foundation (
  • US Geological Survey (
  • United States Department of Agriculture (

This list is likely to grow as the government shutdown continues. Galvin Library will provide regular updates.

Wanted: Student Advisory Board members for Galvin Library

September 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Student Advisory Board | Comments Off on Wanted: Student Advisory Board members for Galvin Library

2013-04-30 14.12.11Galvin Library is rebooting its Student Advisory Board and would love to include you!  Join the library’s Student Advisory Board and you can make the library a better place for yourself and others!  The Paul V. Galvin Library is committed to enriching and enhancing the educational experience for students and to that end we are continuing the Student Advisory Board which we started last January.  We would like student input on policies, services, collections, and spaces, and we welcome volunteers to serve.  The board will be comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines who will meet a few times each semester to:

• provide feedback and insight on library services, collections, and spaces
• help identify trends in the student use of services and resources
• participate in the development of surveys or focus groups
• assist in decision-making that will affect the student body

In the past Galvin Library has listened to our students and we have added:

• A quiet study zone
• More seating options
• Collaborative work spaces
• 24 hour access on both levels

Now we want to find out what you think! If you are interested in participating, send us an email at, write “Student Advisory Board” in the subject line and tell us three things:

• Your student status (undergraduate level freshman – 5th year or graduate)
• Major or intended course of study
• Why you would like to serve on the student advisory board

Please submit your email of interest to by September 13. The first board meeting will be Thursday, October 3. Board meetings are held from 12:50-1:40 PM and lunch is provided. New members will be notified by Thursday, September 20.

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