Interior Design Resource Room
Located on the second floor of the College of Design, the Interior
Design Resource Room (216 Design) maintains product information and material samples
for residential and contract design. A special collection focuses on
sustainable design resources. Computers are available to search online
resources including Design Online. A scanner is also
A "cut room" furnishes samples of materials, finishes and
products, which provide opportunities for the study of color, pattern,
texture, scale, proportion, etc. In addition, students may check out
or request samples of current materials and finishes for inclusion in
their studio projects. Run by students, the resource room is monitored
15-20 hours per week throughout the semester.
Resource Room hours will vary with each semester. Look for the
current schedule posted outside the door.
Resource Room Collection
The Resource Room is divided into two areas. The front room (216)
contains recent catalogs and samples that are "cuttable." Current
"non-cuttable" catalogs and samples are located in the back room (216A).
A computer is available to use CD catalogs and to search the
"Design Online" site, a subscription electronic catalog search site.
"Blue Bolt," an electronic sample search source, is also available.
Special focused information and samples are available on
sustainable design and historic restoration/ adaptive reuse products in
the back room (216A). A recent set of Sweet's Catalogs is available. Product literature
is filed using the CSI classification system.
- No food and drinks allowed.
- Only take samples you need for your current project.
- Always clean up before you leave the Resource Library.
Students may be required to sign in upon entering the Resource
Room. Students then must see the attendant before leaving. The attendant
will initial the student's name on the sign-up sheet after verifying
that no mess has been left behind. If students fail to clean up after
themselves they will be asked to stay and clean up.
Using Cuttable Samples
Any samples in Room 216—fabric, wall coverings, carpet,
literature, etc.—may be taken for your project. Bring your own
scissors, and once again, make sure to clean up before you leave.
(Scissors may be borrowed; however, they are very dull).
If you can't remember where you found something, please ask the
attendant or put it in the bin located on the filing cabinet near to the
Resource Room entrance.
Non-cuttable Samples—Reference Room
Current materials in Room 216A cannot be taken, but must be
ordered. To process your orders quickly, fill out the order forms
clearly and completely. It would be to your advantage to order the
samples you need as early as possible.
A maximum of four (4) samples may be ordered from any one company and a
maximum of eight (8) samples can be ordered at any one time. If you
need to order more, you must obtain permission from your instructor.
Sophomores and freshman students cannot order samples from the reference
room, but the samples can be scanned.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. ALLOW AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS FOR
DO NOT CALL SUPPLIER YOURSELF. YOU MUST ORDER SAMPLES THROUGH THE
RESOURCE ROOM. Sending samples to students is done as a favor to you, and suppliers
want to have only one contact per school.
Checking Out Materials from Room 216A
Current samples and literature can be checked out for one day.
Students are required to leave their ISU ID with the assistant until the
material is returned. An email notification will be sent if the student
fails to return the sample by the due date. There will also be a late
charge for the materials that are not checked in on time and a report
will be sent to the instructor.