Central to Luther's facilities is its beautiful 800-acre campus, which features a landscape planned by noted Prairie School designer Jens Jensen. The Upper Iowa River runs through a portion of campus.
Chief among the academic facilities is Preus Library, a superior small-college library containing more than 340,000 volumes. The library’s web-based catalog, Magnus, provides access to these volumes, more than 800 print periodicals, video recordings, music scores, sound recordings, and other materials in the library’s collection.
The library’s homepage also serves as a portal to selected databases, full-text journals and information resources on the World Wide Web, including JSTOR, Project Muse, Academic Search Complete, and many subject-specific resources. Special facilities in Preus Library include the Technology Help Desk adjacent to the largest computer lab on campus, the Rare Book Room, the Luther College Archives, and the Fine Arts Collection. Luther has also been established as a terminal site of the Iowa Communication Network (ICN), linking the college with a fiber-optic network for data, voice, and video communications.
Valders Hall of Science
Modern, well-equipped laboratories in Valders Hall of Science are supplemented by several other science-teaching facilities on campus: a greenhouse, a live-animal center, a human anatomy lab, a natural history museum, and a psychology sleep laboratory. The science facilities also include an extensive field-study area and two electron microscopes.
Sampson Hoffland Laboratories
Built to environmentally sound LEED standards, Sampson Hoffland is the college's newest building. A special emphasis was placed on creating space for student/faculty research.
The 64,000-square-foot building is located adjacent to the east wing of the Valders Hall of Science. The facilities contain 17 teaching labs which connect to faculty-student research areas, lab and research support/storage areas, 21 faculty offices, more than 4,800 square feet of study area, and space for collaborative student-faculty research projects.
Franklin W. Olin Building
The Franklin W. Olin Building, completed in 1995, is a state-of-the-art academic facility which houses the departments of economics and business, mathematics, and computer science. Funded by a $6 million grant from the F. W. Olin Foundation of New York, the building features standard classrooms, two computer classrooms, four networked computer laboratories, and a 120-seat lecture hall.
One of the technological highlights of the facility is the Round Table Room, an electronic decision-making facility. Computer facilities include more than 400 microcomputers and terminals used in teaching, research, and administrative data processing. Access to the Internet is available in labs all over campus and via wireless networking in many buildings.
Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Jenson-Noble Hall of Music is an impressive place to study, rehearse, and perform. The building is home to the department office, the Noble Recital Hall (NRH), three rehearsal halls, an organ studio, a piano lab, a percussion studio, faculty studios, 36 private practice rooms, and the Presser Music Laboratory. The decor of the main floor is intended to recall the old wharves of Bergen, Norway, the home of the composer Edvard Grieg and Norway’s “city of music.”
The Presser Music Laboratory includes 10 Macintosh PowerPCs with complete MIDI capabilities, notation software, and ear-training drills. The state-of-the-art studio contains direct-to-disk computer recording and editing facilities, CD-mastering hardware and software, and an extensive array of MIDI-sequencing of software and hardware, including a Kurzweil K2000 synthesizer with sampling capability.
NRH is a 325-seat state-of-the-art facility is used for faculty and student recitals.
Dahl Centennial Union
Expanded and renovated in 2006, Dahl Centennial Union houses the admissions office; administrative offices; workspace and offices for student organizations and activities; three of Luther's dining facilities (the cafeteria, Marty's CyberCafe, and Oneota Market); an atrium and adjoining study lounge with a fireplace, computer terminals, and views of the Oneota valley; a modern book shop; the campus mail center; several conference rooms; and one of four art galleries on campus.
Luther College maintains radio station KWLC-AM, and the college's affiliate station, KLSE-FM, is part of the Minnesota Public Radio network. Luther also maintains the largest archaeological research center in Iowa. Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American Museum, is one of the finest ethnic museums in the country; located in downtown Decorah, it provides an invaluable resource for museum and Scandinavian studies.
Center for Faith and Life
The Center for Faith and Life (CFL) houses a 1,600-seat auditorium for the performing arts. The CFL also houses the offices of campus ministry and programming, a 24-hour meditation chapel, a 200-seat recital hall, and one of four campus art galleries.
Center for the Arts
The Center for the Arts (CFA) houses the college's art and theatre/dance departments.
The CFA features the Jewel Theatre, a 225-seat flexible theatre; a fully-equipped scene shop; a large costume construction area; a spacious dressing/make-up room; two studio spaces; the Sunnyside Cafe; and numerous comfortable lounge areas for students to study and gather.
Special classrooms include studios for pottery, computer art, drawing/painting, photography, and fiber arts.
Regents Center and Outdoor Athletic Facilities
Available for recreational use and for the physical education program are 12 outdoor tennis courts; an eight-lane, polyurethane, 400-meter track; numerous cross-country ski trails; and 15 acres of intramural fields.
The extensive Regents Center facilities include a six-lane, 200-meter indoor track; six indoor tennis courts; a 25-yard indoor pool; three racquetball courts; four hardwood basketball courts; a wrestling complex; a 3,000-seat gymnasium; locker rooms; and athletic training facilities.
Legends Fitness for Life Center, added to the Regents Center in 2001, offers state-of-the-art weight-training equipment, a 30-foot climbing wall, and a range of cardiovascular training machines.