Visitors Information



The Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) is located in the Loomis Laboratory of Physics on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. Loomis is at the northeast corner of the intersection of Goodwin Avenue and Green Street at 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois. The Physics Department has a page of directions, with maps, driving directions, and parking information, including getting to Urbana, getting around town, and navigating the campus.


Metered parking is available on most streets. Reserved parking may be available in the lot adjacent to the southeast entrance of Loomis, upon request. The Illini Union and the Hampton Inn are just a short walk away, so hotel guests may prefer to leave their cars there.


Walk-up Computers

The Illini Union (two blocks west of Loomis) and Grainger Engineering Library (one block northwest of Loomis) have walk up computers available on the Illinois network. The Physics and Astronomy Library in 204 Loomis has limited-time use computers available, also.

Guest Accounts

To login to the campus network with your computer and to use some University resources, you will need a guest account. The CPLC staff can have an account ready for you when you arrive if you request it in advance.


Wireless is available in public places in Loomis, MRL and ESB. Plug in access for laptops is available in the Physics and Astronomy Library in 204 Loomis. More detailed information is available for Loomis, MRL, ESB, Illini Union and all other campus buildings. If you have been assigned an office, it should have network access.

Public Wireless

Only a few locations have public wireless; they include Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (one block south of Loomis) and Willard Airport.

More information

CITES (Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services) has a Guide for Guests and Visitors.


CITES has a help desk, and the Physics Department has a help ticket system.


Library Locations

The Physics and Astronomy Library is located in 204 Loomis. Plug in access for laptops are available there and they have UIUC networked computers available for limited time use. Grainger Engineering Library is a block northwest of Loomis and has walk up computers on the internet available for public use. There are many other department libraries on-campus.

Online Resources

Some services for visitors are available. The Main Library homepage allows searching of all library catalogs for books, journals, magazines, reserves, etc. Databases like Engineering Village (INSPEC, Compendex, and NTIS) may have restrictions for non-UIUC people, but they can be accessed from computers in the library. The Physics and Astronomy Library homepage has many useful resources linked.


Many Ph.D. theses for recent Illinois graduates are available online.


There are two copiers in the Physics and Astronomy Library. One requires a PIN number and an Illinois account number. The other is a campus-owned machine that uses a value-card.


The Main Library has a Frequently Asked Questions site.


Loomis Copy Center

There are two self-service copy machines in 271 Loomis. Both require a PIN number, a current University of Illinois account number for billing, and a key to access the room. See Kelly Sturdyvin in room 179A Loomis during regular office hours.

Physics and Astronomy Library

There are two copiers in the library. One uses the same PIN number and account as the Copy Center (above). The other is a campus-owned machine that uses a value-card. Value-cards can be purchased at Grainger Library and the Illini Union, as well as several other places on campus.


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