The Material Resource Center is a collection of over 41,000 material samples arranged by composition. It is a hands-on, interdisciplinary collection for the exploration of materials used in architecture and construction, fine arts and design, apparel and interior furnishings, landscaping, product design, and printing. Categories include biocomposites, minerals, metals, ceramics, polymers and textiles. Students are encouraged to handle samples and items may be checked out for research or presentations. Investigate the possibilities of eco-friendly materials, anti-microbial materials, smart materials, and conductive materials—among many other properties. Explore the color library of fabrics and the many binders of product literature and samples. You may browse the collection online at Material Order, where you can search by composition, properties, material ecology, and other parameters.
Monday - Thursday 9am - 12:00pm and 2pm - 7pm
Friday 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 4:30pm
Please note that the last appointment slot for the day will end fifteen minutes prior to closing.