The Color & Materials Library is a unique resource that is a combination of a traditional library and a materials research lab.

The library collection includes over 75 periodicals, about 2000 books and hundreds of material samples. The collection of books and magazines focuses on product design, materials, graphic design, interior design, advertising, transportation design, architecture, fashion, and trends. The frequently updated materials collection consists of over 1000 reference samples of textiles, metals, plastics, wood, bamboo, cork, glass, paper, and color swatches.  The library subscribes annually to New York based Material ConneXion’s electronic database and is available to all students and faculty. In addition, the library provides the full Pantone Color Reference Library and is in the process of adding Pantone Plastic chips to the collection.

The Color & Materials Library has a lab of 4 computer stations and 2 scanners for students to scan materials since the materials are for library use only. The library houses a Gretag MACBETH Light Testing Box.  The box is equipped with five selectable light sources designed to aid in color matching and evaluation.
The purpose of the materials library is to inspire creativity as well as to introduce students to both new and traditional materials and the companies that produce them. Students in all disciplines at the college are encouraged to use the library’s resources.

Color & Materials Library

Room 925
A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education

Hours for the academic semester are:

Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m
Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday CLOSED

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