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Architecture Resources: Getting Started

Basic sources for researching an architecture topic including finding books and journal articles, images, web directories, DVDs, and more.

KU Library Catalog

KU Catalog Search collections available in all library locations at the Univ. of Kansas.

Other Library Catalogs

WorldCat, Includes millions of records describing items owned by OCLC member libraries, including the KU Libraries.

Catalog for the Hatch Reading Room, Located on the top floor of Marvin Hall, this is a non-circulating collection of over 4,000 books, 30 ongoing magazine subscriptions, and a small collection of maps.

Catalog for the Kansas State University Library, KSU's Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning & Design, located in Manhattan, is a nearby architectural library. 

Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS Located at 7th & Vermont, this public library has a good art collection.  

Starting Points

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, The most comprehensive index to journal literature in architecture, urban design, historic preservation, and urban planning history covering more than 700 U.S. and foreign journals. Updated weekly.

RIBA British Architectural Library. Catalogue. Includes an index to over 300 architectural periodicals held in the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the catalog to the library's collection, the photograph collection, the drawing collection, the manuscript collection, and a biographical database of architects.


Fine Arts & Humanities Librarian

Andi Back
Art & Architecture Library

(785) 864-3020

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