FAQs

Semester hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday, 7am – 11pm
  • Friday, 7am – 9pm
  • Saturday, 9am – 9pm
  • Sunday, 12pm – 11pm

Updates to the building hours, university holidays, and break periods will be updated at the “Contact / Building Hours” link of the website

No. Hourly staff walk through the building and ask occupants to vacate the building at closing time.

Yes. If you find something, you can turn it in to the facility manager’s office, room 1020, on the west end of the 1st floor. If you lost something, contact the facility manager at cif-facilitymanager@illinois.edu with a description of the item or stop by the office.

Yes. “Espresso Royal R&D” opened with a soft opening in Spring 2022. Operating hours are not fully confirmed but generally they are open during normal business hours.

Contact the facility manager if you plan to conduct an experiment that could raise concerns for building occupants. CIF was designed primarily as instructional space so experiments like igniting flammable gas is not allowed. Other low risk experiments may be permitted.

Departments should request space by using the CIF request form at https://go.illinois.edu/astrascheduling. RSO’s should submit their request through the Get Involved Portal with the Student Engagement office. 3rd parties should contact the facility manager. Visit the “Rental Information” link on the CIF website for full information.

Yes and no. Small room reservations under 2 hours may qualify as no charge. Instruction-related activities may qualify as no charge. Other instances will likely incur a fee. Visit the “Rental Information” link on the CIF website for more information on the fees.

Yes. However, office hours do not qualify as no charge rentals so rental fees will apply.

Yes. There is currently no restriction on food but individuals or groups should clean up after themselves so we can continue to allow food. Inform the facility manager if you plan to have food for a class or event so preparations can be made.

CIF does not have an exclusive catering agreement. The event organizer is solely responsible for procuring safe and certified catering services and following the University’s guidelines on catering found at https://www.obfs.uillinois.edu/purchases/purchases-types/catering-urbana-campus/.

In special circumstances, yes, by following the University’s guidelines on catering and alcoholic beverages found at https://www.obfs.uillinois.edu/purchases/purchases-types/catering-urbana-campus/.

Parking is fairly limited around CIF during normal business hours. Parking is more widely available on nights and weekends. There are parking meters along Springfield Ave on the north side of CIF or the B1 parking lot to the east of Grainger Library. There is no free parking on campus. Visit the U of I Parking Department website at https://www.parking.illinois.edu/ for campus parking information.

Visit the “Classroom Information” tab on the CIF website. The “Building Layout” page shows all furniture and room layouts as designed and used for instruction.

The preference is to use classrooms as they are designed for instruction. If you have a special circumstance that you would like to move furniture for, contact the facility manager.

Yes if directly associated with a U of I affiliate. The water fountain pockets are lined with corkboard to post fliers with thumb tacks or staples. Fliers should have a date on them to know when they should be removed. No signs or fliers should be taped on any surfaces in the building without the facility manager’s permission.

The dry erase boards are cleaned nightly regardless of content so it is not advised.

Yes. However, it is still advised to provide your own to be sure there is enough quantity.

Yes but all content is prescreened, should relate to a U of I affiliate, and must meet the approval of the facility manager. Slides must be formatted as a JPG file; 1920 pixels wide x 1080 pixels high; 72 dpi.

There is minimal equipment available besides what already exists in the classrooms. A small number of banquet tables and trash cans are available for events with food. Talk with the facility manager about what you may need to host an event in CIF.

All classrooms except 0036 and 2025 have a drop-down projector screen(s), classroom PC (university log-in is required), HDMI connection, and audio system consisting of 1 handheld and 1 lavalier microphone and permanent speakers. All classrooms have Mersive Solstice wireless connection technology. 

No. In some instances, hourly staff may be on hand to assist with general facility items but any security coverage is the responsibility of the event host. Options for requesting additional security

Over 70 distinguished alumni are featured on all 5 levels of CIF. The alumni represent all areas of campus and were selected during the CIF design process by a campus student committee. Visit the “Featured Alumni” page to view the list of all alumni featured in the building.

All classrooms have an alcohol wipe dispenser. There are also hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.