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Interior Design: Print Books & Reference Materials

This research guide is a starting point for finding materials related to Interior Design. Feel free to contact the Librarian for help or to suggest materials for purchase.

If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.


Fairchild Interior Design Library. Check out this collection of textbooks and reference materials!

Building Green is here and it is awesome! Make an account with your COD email address for premium access even off-campus. 

Need help using the designer resources? Find it here and click on How to Use Designer Pages. 

WGSN is a market intelligence tool for the creative industries. Learn about the newest trends in Interiors, and use design resources to find and use patterns and colors.

The NKBA Professional Resource Library is available online.

New Titles

Professional Practice for Interior Designers
The Power of Pattern
Creating Home
Portfolio Design for Interiors
Sustainability in Interior Design
Hybrid Drawing Techniques for Interior Design
Color + Design
City Farmhouse Style
Interior Design Materials and Specifications

Search the Library Catalog

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

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Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection. 

Also look for e-books and streaming media

NK 1700 - NK 3496 Interior Decoration
NK 1710 - NK 2110 Interior Decoration History
NK 2002 - NK 2011 Interior Decoration United States
NK 2115.5 / TT 390 Draperies
TH 880 / TH 4860 Sustainable Interior Design
NK 2113.5 Portfolios


There are several encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries to use for a quick lookup. Reference materials are not typically something you sit down and read cover to cover, though you could if you really wanted to. A small selection is shown below. 

Reference Books

Interior Design Reference Manual
The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book
Green Interior Design and Construction
Homes Reference Guide

Reserve Items

Your instructor will sometimes put materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk for your courses. These lists will sometimes also include e-books and articles. 

Reserves List


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

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