Equipment and instructional facilities are exceptional at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Facilities include state-of-the-art, fully equipped laboratories, computer and GIS facilities, greenhouse and plant care facilities, museum and herbarium collections, and a suite of University-owned natural areas for conducting ecological and evolutionary research. Field stations throughout Illinois associated with the Illinois Natural History Survey provide access to a variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats for field research. The University is also a member of the Organization for Tropical Studies.
Support and affiliated units include the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and the Biotechnology Center, including the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, the Illinois Geological Survey, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, machine and electronic shops, artist services, and a central stores and receiving service. Many classrooms are equipped with audio-visual and computer-internet capabilities for state-of-the-art multimedia instruction.
The University Library’s resources for advanced study and research are exceptional. It is the largest public university library in the world, with more than 9 million bound volumes and over 15.9 million items. This wealth of information is housed in the main library and 37 departmental libraries, including the departmental Biology, Natural History Survey, Engineering, Agricultural, and Veterinary libraries.