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Library Essentials for COA Faculty: Home

Getting Started

Set up an IIT Libraries account Drop by the GRC and ask to see a librarian, or send an email to Accounts can be set up after hours or on the weekend at the Galvin Library Circulation Desk. 


Set up an I-Share account Circulating materials can be borrowed through I-Share, an online catalog that allows 24/7 access to the collections of CARLI's more than 76 academic libraries.


Set up an account with MyILL to borrow books from institutions outside I-Share, via WorldCat.

Teaching Assistants Your TA can check out books or submit reserves on your behalf. To create a proxy account for your TA, visit Galvin Library Circulation, or email Galvin offers a guide for Teaching Assistants here.

If you're having difficulty with any of these account set-ups, or have a general question about accessing resources, refer to the FAQ box to the left of this one.

Library Instruction

The GRC offers instruction for individuals and groups large or small. We tailor instruction to suit the problem at hand, from the nuts and bolts of using filters in a precedent study to more nebulous issues such as intellectual property. Library resources (such as external databases) can be poorly designed and counterintuitive, so we are always happy to guide users in using these powerful research tools. Please contact Head of Library Kim Soss to arrange instruction for a student, a class, or yourself:

Course Reserves

Generally, CoA Faculty use up to three kinds of reserves:

GRC Reserves 
Only circulating items from the GRC's collection can be placed on reserve; please submit reserve requests at least a week prior to classes beginning. Faculty should email class reserve lists for circulating items in the GRC's collection to both the Library Head and Architecture Librarian ( and Please allow up to two business days for these items to be pulled and updated in the catalog before your students will need them on the shelves. 

Galvin Reserves
Book reserves from Galvin's collections must be reserved using their online request form

E-Reserves should be uploaded via BlackBoard; more information available here:

IIT Graduate College Thesis Manual

Architecture Reference

Subject Guide

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