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Geological Samples Library Facilities and Services
Each year the Geological Samples Library is used by geologists from the coal and oil and gas industries; quarry operators and mineral prospectors; academic researchers and students; and water, engineering, and consulting companies, as well as staff from the Illinois and other state geological surveys. The collections help researchers understand the subsurface geology of Illinois.
Room 102 E of the Natural Resources Studies Annex, located on the south campus of the University of Illinois, contains both the Geological Samples Library office and the Sample Study Laboratory. The Samples Library provides visitors with ample space to study samples. A study area equipped with a microscope and ultraviolet light is available for examination of samples. Additional equipment includes two rock-cutting saws and an automated core-slabbing machine.
Using the Geological Samples Library
Visitors must register at the Geological Samples Library office to obtain permission to study the collections. Samples Library staff will assist visitors with sample retrieval and layout. Samples are not loaned, but selected sampling of the collection is permitted with prior approval. No fee is charged for studying samples, and no appointment is required; however, we request that you call 217-333-3567 at least a day ahead of your visit, so that we can retrieve the samples you want and set up a work space for you.
If samples are used for thesis research, students are required to provide a bound copy of their thesis, any thin sections made from the collection, and copies of any slides or photographs made of the samples. Failure to comply may result in the student's institution losing rights to use the facility.
Location and Contact Information
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:30, Central time
Closed all University of Illinois holidays
Natural Resources Studies Annex
1910 Griffith Drive, Champaign
Mailing Address and Contact Information
Geological Samples Library
Illinois State Geological Survey
615 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Updated 10/22/2010 SLD