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Architecture: Print Books & Reference Materials

This guide is a starting place to for finding books, videos, articles and websites about Architecture topics.

Use the blue buttons on the right to start searching for different types of materials.

New Titles

Modern Container Architecture
Steven Holl
Architecture and Ideology

Search the Library Catalog

Use our catalog to find books, videos, and other resources in our collections.

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How to Search the Catalog for Buildings

Search for the building name Ex. Larkin Building / Chapel of St. Ignatius
Search for an Architect Ex. Boullee / Le Corbusier
Search for the type of building Ex. Domestic Architecture / Temples
Search for the type of Architecture Ex. Organic Architecture / Industrial Architecture
Search for the city or country in which the building is located Ex. Architecture Florida / Architecture Spain / Architecture Italy
Search for the time period Ex. Architecture Ancient / 19th Century Architecture / Modern Architecture
Search for specific artistic eras in Architecture Ex. Architecture Postmodern / Gothic Architecture
Search for specific topics related to Architecture Ex. Building Laws / Building Code


Using the Architecture Reserves List

There are some materials available for check out at the Library Circulation Desk for some Architecture courses as selected by your Instructor. Your instructor will let you know if you need reserve materials.

Search for your course here: COD Library Reserves 

Reference Materials and Survey Books

It's also important to look at materials that are in the Reference Collection and in books that are about broad topics in architecture (survey books). Your textbook is an example of a survey book. Here are some excellent examples of these kinds of books:

SBF history
A Global History of Architecture
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture
Historical Dictionary of Architecture
The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture
Architecture Since 1400
Key Buildings of the 20th Century
Key Buildings of the 20th Century
Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture


The library is part of a consortium of academic libraries known as I-Share. As COD students, you can request items from other libraries online by creating an I-Share account. For more information, visit our I-Share Information Web Page. Architecture students, you'll be able to get books from all the major Architecture collections in Illinois! 

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