What are the CIF Operating Hours?

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

Are people allowed to stay in the building after the building closes?

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

Is there a Lost & Found?

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, stop by the office, or visit the Info table on the 1st floor under the Videoboard when staffed.

Is there a café in the building?

Yes. “Espresso Royal R&D” is located at the east entrance. Operating hours fluctuate depending on time of the year.

Can I conduct experiments in my class?

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.

How do I reserve space?

University unit/department reservations should submit their request using the form at this link.

Illinois Student Organization (RSO) requests must be submitted via OneIllinois. Learn more about the Event Registration process by clicking here to visit the Events section of the Student Engagement website. Please email getinvolved@illinois.edu if you have a question about submitting an Event Registration.

Non-university affiliates and third party requests are under consideration for future opportunities. Interested individuals should contact the facility manager.

Is there a fee to reserve rooms?

Yes and no. Reservations in classrooms with capacity of less than 60, duration less than 2 hours, and no food 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.

Can I schedule my office hours in CIF?

Because of the high number of requests for office hours, and limited room availability, office hours are not typically scheduled. Reach out to the facility manager for more information.

Is food allowed in classrooms?

Yes, food is allowed in rooms with preapproval from the facility manager. Fees apply when food is part of a room reservation. Host organizations are responsible for all clean-up and getting trash/debris inside provided trash receptacles. Inform the facility manager if you plan to have food for a class or event so preparations can be made.

What is the catering policy?

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/.

Is alcohol allowed?

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/.

Is public parking available?

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.

Where can I find more information on the classroom layouts and seating capacities?

Visit the “Classroom Information” drop-down on the CIF website. The “Building Layout” page shows all furniture layouts as designed and used for instruction. Within each room style page shows more information about the room types along with capacity and room images linked with each room number.

May I rearrange furniture for my class or event?

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. The floors are marked to assist with setting back furniture in case furniture is moved.

May I hang signage or fliers in CIF?

Flyer rules & regulations are as follows:

Permitted (All Items Must Apply):

  • 1 flyer on the corkboard in each water fountain recess.
  • Promoting university affiliated events or entities.
  • Dated, no farther than 2 weeks in advance.
  • 8.5” x 11” or smaller.

Not Permitted:

  • Posting anywhere besides the corkboard at the water fountain recesses.
  • Promoting non-university affiliated events or entities.
  • No date or dated farther than 2 weeks in advance.
  • Larger than 8.5” x 11”.
  • More than 1 flyer for the same event or entity per water fountain recess.
  • Loosely placed flyers on furniture or classrooms.
  • Advertising on whiteboards.
  • Removing, covering, or tampering with materials posted by another person or organization pursuant to CAM Policy FO-82.
May I post my event by writing it on a classroom dry-erase board?

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

Are white board markers and erasures provided in the classrooms?

Yes. 1 black dry erase marker and 1 erasure is typically available at each white board. However, it is still advised to provide your own to be sure there is enough quantity.

May I provide a digital slide for the digital displays or videoboard?

Content is typically reserved for organizations who have reserved space in CIF or from campus departments. Slides must be formatted as a JPG file; 1920 pixels wide x 1080 pixels high; 72 dpi. Contact the facility manager with questions or approval.

What equipment is available for events?

CIF has additional equipment & services including, but not limited to the following. All items are subject to availabilities. Fees may apply:

  • “Block I” Podium
  • 30″x72″ Banquet Tables & Covers (Covers not for food distribution tables)
  • 36″ Round High-Top Tables & Covers
  • Additional Instructor Stools
  • Additional Classroom Chairs
  • Light-Duty Easels
  • Sign Posts
  • Desktop Mic Stands
  • Full-Height Mic Stands
  • Extension cords and Power Strips
  • Material Handling Carts
What audio visual technology is available in classrooms?

All classrooms except 0036 and 2025 have a drop-down projector screen(s) or digital displays, 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. More information about classroom AV is available on the CIF website within each classroom style information or at this link hosted by Technology Services.

Is security provided for events?

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. Discuss options for requesting additional security with the facility manager.

Who are the faces on the walls?

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 under About on the CIF website to view the list of all alumni featured in the building.