Indiana University Media School’s new home at Franklin Hall blends a long tradition of educational excellence with the latest advancements in technology.

The transformation

Franklin Hall, built in 1907 to house the IU library and situated at the gateway to campus, has undergone $21 million in renovations. The heart of the building features a commons, open to skylights three stories up. Production labs, studios, digital classrooms and research areas invite students and faculty to study, work and collaborate.


Radio-Television Building

The Radio and Television building includes a digital infrastructure recently upgraded with new wiring, wireless networking, and broadband cable. Integrated digital signals can be distributed internally and externally to other locations on the Bloomington campus, to other IU campuses, and via fiber and satellite to the state and beyond. Learn more about R-TV’s high-tech features.

Other facilities:

The Institute for Communication Research, established 1971, provides tools and support for researchers, including tools to monitor:

  • Heart rate activity to index attention paid to media
  • Skin conductance activity to index excitement/arousal in response to media
  • Facial muscle activity to index emotional response to media
  • Startle reflex to measure human defensive system activation in response to media
  • Brain wave activity in four channels of EEG data, which can be collected from any scalp location

The school also partners with IU Cinema for special programming, such as a showcase of student video work each semester, and collaborates with other entities on campus.

Equipment check out:

Students may check out cameras and other equipment from Franklin Hall and the Radio-Television Building for use on class projects via the Media School checkout system. If you have trouble connecting to the page, consult this troubleshooting guide.


Hours for Media School facilities are listed below. Due to holidays, breaks or other events, hours may be subject to change. 

Franklin Hall is open during these times:

  • 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Franklin Hall classrooms are open during these times:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • Closed weekends

Franklin Hall 035, 052 and 073 (media labs) are open during these times:

  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Friday
  • Closed on Saturday
  • Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

The production lab at Radio-Television Building is open during these times:

  • 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday 
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday 
  • Closed on Saturday
  • Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday  

Using Franklin Hall commons:

The commons area may be reserved for limited uses. Our Using Franklin Hall Commons page explains these uses and details other options.

Facility use and production services:

Our studios and technology are available for rent, and our students’ production services are available for hire. Download our rate card (PDF) for details.