The Architecture Library
Welcome to the Architecture Library. We are located on the first floor of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Our mission is to support the teaching, research and learning goals of the University.
Students enrolled in, and Faculty teaching in the Architecture, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development Programs will have access 24/7, with their University ID cards. The architecture library will be open to the University community 20 hours per week.
The library’s research specialist, Cindy Frank, is available for research consultations by appointment, as well as walk-in times (to be posted). email@example.com, 301-405-6321.
Cindy is also available to speak with your classes about searching techniques, advanced research skills, borrowing items from our Big 10 partners, topics related to image use, visual literacy and information literacy.
Collections and Resources
We collect in the areas of architectural history, design, and theory; historic preservation; landscape architectural design; real estate development; and urban studies and planning. Resources and services support the instructional and research needs of both undergraduate and graduate-level coursework. Our materials and resources are supplemented by the Visual Resource Collection, which now resides with our library, and the School's Computer Labs.
Historic preservation resources are also located in Hornbake Library in the Maryland Archives, and National Trust for Historic Preservation Collections. Construction topics are also covered in the Engineering and Physical Sciences library across campus.
The regular book collections are completely accessible and patrons may check out books with their ID cards using the self check-out machine. Those who do not have swipe card access can use the library during its open times or request materials through Hold/Recall service. Faculty and Graduate students are also eligible for Article Express service. For details on these services please see http://www.lib.umd.edu/access/request.
Our periodicals holdings include over 90 titles covering architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, real estate development, and urban planning. Both current and bound Periodicals do not circulate outside the library, but may be viewed in the room. There are two flatbed scanners for patron use, if scanning an article or image is needed.
Please place periodicals and books that you have used in the library on the marked Reshelving Carts. Staff members will reshelve them.
Reference books, located on their own shelf, do not circulate outside the library but may be viewed in the room.
If you requested a book to be placed on hold for you, you should receive an email when your book is here in the library. Patrons may retrieve their hold request books at any time and check them out using the self check-out machine.
Course reserves for program courses are located on kiosks, and course reserves for Architecture 100 and 200 level classes are located in Mckeldin Library.
The architecture library has one group study room, several work tables, desks and chairs, two flatbed scanners, one copier/printer, and 6 public computer workstations. They are iMacs that run both Windows and Mac operating systems.
McKeldin Library has the Learning Commons on the second floor, where patrons more borrow equipment like cameras or laptops, and print papers and posters using the large format printer.
In the Fall of 2014, the library Task Force conducted a literature review, SWOT analysis, empathy studies and charrette. The library is currently making strategic innovations in order to become a model 21st century library based on the outcomes of last fall's work. The strategic initiatives are detailed in the Library Committee's Report.