Access and Scheduling for iLab


The Light Microscopy Imaging Center is open to all Indiana University researchers. We also invite other university and commercial researchers to use our facility. The LMIC is located in the basement of Myers Hall, Room 059.

New users should contact the Light Microscopy Imaging Center to get started (or by calling us at 812-856-1734) - or just drop by. All new users must be trained by LMIC staff. The imaging center is available 24 hours a day to approved, experienced users.

The Ligth Microscopy Imaging Center Safety Guidelines have to be followed. See below. 




To schedule a training appontment or consultation contact the Light Microscopy Imaging Center to get started (or by calling us at 812-856-1734).

Equipment scheduling for trained users is done using an iLab login or IU iLab login.

You may reserve time up to two weeks in advance. Please be considerate of the needs of others by reserving only 4 hours/day between 9am and 5pm, Monday - Friday.

To access the microscope when your reservation is about to begin, please use iLAB Kiosk. 

More information and resourses for the iLAB Kiosk to IU users

Remember to release your time if your plans change (charges may apply - see our policies page for further information).

Light Microscopy Imaging Center Safety Guidelines

The following policies and procedures apply to all users of the Light Microscopy Imaging Center. The guidelines presented below will ensure that all users of the facility are following safe practices when handling biological materials. All spills involving biological material should be reported to the EHS Biosafety Office. Reporting of spills helps to ensure the area was properly cleaned and enhances the safety of all users of the facility. Spill reporting will be used to improve safety practices and will not result in penalties for the user.

Policies and Procedures

  • Each user is responsible for the material he/she brings into the facility.

  • All users must have approval from the facility manager to image live biological material.

  • Live biological material being transported to the facility should be in a leak proof secondary

    container. After imaging, all material should be transported back to the laboratory for proper


  • Use gloves when manipulating live biological material, remove gloves before touching the

    microscope, computer, or door handles.

  • Biological waste generated in the core facility should be placed in a labeled closable bag or

    suitable container and taken back to the user's lab for proper disposal. No biological waste should be left in the core facility.
    Users are responsible for wiping down/decontaminating equipment and surfaces with 70% ethanol after each use when viewing hazardous biological material.

  • In case of a biohazard spill on the benchtop, users are required to follow appropriate spill procedures for the material he/she is using in the facility. Please refer to the IU Biosafety Manual Section 3.1 for spill clean-up. Report all spills to the EHS Biosafety Office.
    In case of a biohazard spill on equipment during normal working hours notify the LMIC Manager before beginning clean-up procedures. If a biohazard spill on equipment occurs after hours follow the clean-up procedures outlined by the LMIC manager during training and notify the facility manager as soon as possible.