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Student-Run - Professionally Curated - Design Inspiration Resource

The Design Library is open to students across programs and is a place to connect creative inspiration with innovative interior materials and products.

Come check us out and explore interior materials and products ranging from lighting and furniture to textiles, stone, glass, resin, and much more! Discover collections curated around material health, bio-based innovations, and sustainability.

Discover more about the resources of the Design Library through our virtual tour. Learn about how the Design Library works and virtually explore some of our collections, focus areas, and industry connections.

Virtual Tour created by Meghan Jackson using Matterport 3D Capture Technology as a part of Dr. Leah Scolere’s Connected Environments Research Lab.

Our student-run Design Library is powered by the motivation, energy, and knowledge of design students. Our team researches materials, coordinates industry events, curates collections, connects students with manufacturers reps, and guides students on evaluating materials for interior environments. 

Each semester we have dedicated team of design student interns who lead and shape this unique resource. Meet our dynamic team and learn about their roles and contributions.

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What is the Design Library?

We are a student-run materials resource library modeled after design libraries in professional architecture and interior design firms. As a design inspiration resource for students and faculty, our collection is home to hundreds of innovative materials and is continually updated by industry manufacturers’ representatives to have the most current and future-oriented interior materials and products. We are dedicated to helping students evaluate and select materials related to material health, sustainability, and social equity.

Wood Products
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Want to learn more?

The Design Library gives students a hand-on approach to new materials and industry connections.

Three students in the design library standing in front of the logo

Material ConneXion

Digital Database and Research Tool

In addition to our collection of physical materials in our RDC Design Library, we offer all  Colorado State students access to a diverse digital material database and research tool to explore the most innovative and emerging materials. Explore the MaterialConneXion database to expand your knowledge about material science ranging from coatings to fibers and textiles, and 3D filaments to in-mold decorative effects.

Access MaterialConneXion

First Time Users:

Select the MaterialConneXion link and enter your colostate email.

Enter anything for the password and this will prompt you to select Colorado State University which will take you to the registration page

On the registration page, enter your info and create a password.  You are all set to access the MaterialConneXion database.

Material ConneXion