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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ARCH 172: Drawing and Modeling in Architecture: About


This guide is intended to introduce students of ARCH 172 to the Library and resources available for research.

The guide index is listed at the top, just click the tabs to navigate. If you need additional help with your research or have any questions, contact Ricker Library at you can also book an individual research appointment via Zoom using this link or click below!

2020/2021 Resources and Services

We are closed to the public but still have options for research appointments, as well as individual appointments to come in and view items in the collection. For the list of resources and services go here, otherwise how to request an in-person appointment is reproduced below:

In-Person Appointments

We will begin to offer in-person appointments the week of August 31. This is a service limited to Illinois faculty, students, and staff. This is intended to facilitate research using our noncirculating items that are inappropriate for digitization due to physical condition, to consult multiple print materials, or to browse the circulating print collections.

We will initially start with 1 hour appointments available Monday-Thursday, 11am-12pm. In order to set up an appointment:

  • Email at least 3 business days in advance with the subject line “In-Person appointment.” Provide the following information:
    • At least 3 days you are available to meet in the Monday-Thursday, 11am-12pm timeframe. If you are completely unavailable to meet during these times, we may have very limited ability to adjust our schedule to meet your needs.
    • What the nature of your research need is. Examples would be that you need to browse a specific area of the print collection, or that you need to consult items in the vault collection. Identification of the items you need should ideally be identified before your appointment, so that your hour can be spent using the item in question.
  • Limits to the service:
    • Onsite staff can answer basic questions but are not able to provide in-depth research assistance. You would be better served to set up a Zoom consultation with the librarian.
    • Users of the service are expected to comply with the University’s requirements for face coverings and will be refused service if they do not. In addition, users must follow all written and verbal instructions to ensure safety of both patron and staff member. This includes instructions of how far to stay away from the staff member, what to do with items that the patron has touched, and leaving promptly at the end of the hour’s appointment without arguing or trying to persuade the staff member to extend the appointment. If instructions are not followed, we reserve the option to no longer provide the service to individuals who violate our policies, or to stop providing the service entirely. The safety of our staff is paramount and needs to be protected.
    • If circulating print materials are identified as needed by the patron after the appointment, staff will have to check each item to see if they are covered by the Hathi ETAS service. Limited exceptions can be applied, but must be negotiated with the librarian, not the staff member providing the onsite service.
    • Beginning Aug 24, all campus community members (faculty, staff, and students) who come to Library-managed buildings or spaces to retrieve books or technology from locker pick-up, or to meet individuals in the Library for appointment-based services, must show their building entry status as “Granted” on the Safer Illinois app (or via the COVID-19 Boarding Pass option) in order to gain access.