A handy guide to the Library collections, services and facilities within your subject area.

Meet your Librarian

Gillian Aldus is the Assistant Librarian responsible for Architecture while Jenny is on maternity leave. She studied Classics and Musical Performance at the University of Exeter, Library and Information Studies at UCL, and has 7 years’ experience working in Higher Education libraries.

How can I help you?

You can book one-to-one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing; please contact me via email and we can arrange a Teams session, or we can just have a chat via email if you’d prefer.  I work Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings; at any other time, my colleagues will be happy to help you.


If we don’t stock the item you are looking for, let us know and we can try to get an ebook or get you access to an journal article. Click here to suggest an item or email us.


 Research Online

The Library has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.

Accessing e-resources from off campus

Useful Online Resources for Architecture

Finding articles in magazines and journals
To find magazine and journal articles online, use the Discovery search box at the top of every page on this website. Enter your search term (e.g. an architect’s name) and you will see a results list that includes both books and journal articles which feature your search terms. Many of the results will offer full text so you can read the articles online. Some results may give an abstract which will give you a brief summary of the article, but not the full text. If you would like to read the full text but can’t find it, please ask a Librarian for help, or request the article via Inter Library Loan.Search button For more details on searching and browsing journals, please have a look at the e-journals guide.
Digimap logoDigimap
Digimap is a database giving access to Ordnance Survey maps and map data, aerial photographs and Lidar data*, either to download for use with application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap itself. You will need to register using your NUA email to use this service.*Lidar data is a very accurate model of the earth’s surface; this data is captured by firing very rapid laser pulses at the ground surface. Access: on and off-campus. You need to register with Digimap when you use the resource for the first time.
Digimap help
Online trend-analysis and research service for the fashion design, interiors and retail industries. Includes surveys of catwalks, colour and materials, and seasonal trends. Please contact for help with signing up or reactivating your account from home.
bob logoWatch tv and film
BoB (Box of Broadcasts) is a television streaming service available to all students and staff. Login via OpenAthens using your NUA username and password. It is covered under the NUA’s television license so there is no need for a TV license to use it. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also create playlists of your favourite programmes and there is a function for making clips.
Here is an Architecture playlist
of programmes that you might find useful.
Image databases
V&A Search the Collections
Database of over half a million images of objects in the Museum’s collections.
Register and download free images for personal use.
Useful Architecture-Friendly Websites


RIBA Library

The RIBA Library is one of the largest architectural collections in the world. You can search the catalogue on their website for books and journal articles. If you find something which you would like to read and the NUA library does not have access to it, please fill in an item request form and we will try to get an ebook or copy of the article for you.

British Institute of Interior Design
V and A Museum
Design Museum London
Glasgow School of Art Archive
Fosters and partners
Nigel Peake Illustration
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
RCA Bunka – Rafael, Carme and Ramon
Assemble Studio
OMASOM – Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners


NUA Library subscribes to Ebook Central and Dawsonera. Go to the E-books page to find out more about how to access these resources. We have over 140,000 ebooks to choose from, and you can even rent or suggest extra purchases too.

Ebook Central

If you are ever unsure, ask a member of the library team and we shall be glad to help you.


The Library has a selection of E-Journals that can be read online. Most of these can be read on or off-campus.

Journal cover of Architecture and CultureArchitecture and Culture
Peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association. Investigates the relationship between architecture and the culture that shapes, and is shaped, by it. 
Electronic holdings: 2013 – present
JOurnal cover of De Zeen design magazineDe Zeen
The world’s most influential architecture, interiors and design magazine.
Electronic holdings: Online only
Journal cover of Home CulturesHome Cultures
An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the critical understanding of the domestic sphere, its artifacts, spaces and relations, across timeframes and cultures.
Electronic holdings: 2004 – present

Get Help with Your Research

Contact the Library
Find Study Skills Advice

Take a look at previously submitted NUA Research Reports for Architecture.

Browse the Library Shelves (when we are able!)

Image of Living in Motion book coverImage of In the City book coverBooks on Architecture

Architecture books in the Library’s main collection can be found on the first floor at Dewey Decimal number 770. They are broken down into more specific subject areas like this:

General works on architecture: 770 Architects A-Z: 777
Architecture 1400-1900: 775 Planning: 778
Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Architecture: 776

Remember that there will be useful books in other parts of the Library as well, like this:

Design: 740 – 749 Interior Design: 769

Main collection books can be borrowed for three weeks.


Special Collections  Image of Building Stories book cover
Found on the first floor, the Library’s Special Collections cabinets house artist’s books, rare books, typographic books, illustrated books, pop-up books and zines. These cannot be taken out on loan, but you are very welcome to look at them in the Library.

Please ask at the Help Desk if you would like to see any of the items in this collection.

Image of Forensic architecture: notes from fields and forums book cover

Thinner, more ephemeral material is held in the Library’s Pamphlets collection, on the first floor. This includes lots of exhibition catalogues, monographs, maps and some one-off examples of magazines with interesting designs and layouts. Using the pamphlets is a good way of finding material on artists and designers who are perhaps less well known or less well established. Like Special Collections, Pamphlets cannot be taken out on loan, but please feel free to help yourself to pamphlets to read in the Library.


Browse Journals and Magazines (when we are able!)Image of Architectural Design journal cover Image of Domus journal cover

Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.

Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:

  • They are up to date.
  • Often, the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
  • Young artists and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.


Architecture Journals and Magazines

These are titles that relate particularly to Architecture, but remember that lots of the other titles available in the library will be useful too:
Current Journals

Images of AA files journal coverAA Files
Published twice a year by the Architectural Association School of Architecture, AA Files looks to promote original and engaging writing on architecture. It does this by drawing on the AA School’s own academic research, lecture programme, exhibitions and events, as well as a rich and eclectic mix of architectural scholarship from all over the world.
Print Holdings: 2012  – present
Click here for full catalogue record
Image of Architect's journal coverArchitect’s Journal
Industry-led weekly British architectural magazine which includes current news and in-depth project articles.
Print Holdings: 2014 – present
Click here for full catalogue record
Image of Architectural Design journal coverArchitectural Design
Covering both news and theory for the industry, each edition is edited by an invited guest editor.
Print Holdings: Most recent 5 years
Electronic access: 2005 – present
AD website
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Image of The Architectural review journal coverArchitectural Review

Monthly magazine published in London. The articles cover the built environment, including inclusive building studies and typology reports.
Print Holdings: 2012 – present 
Click here for full catalogue record

Journal cover of Architecture TodayArchitecture Today
Building reviews, opinion and analysis; detail design and building product specification information.
Print Holdings: Most recent 5 years
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Journal cover of BlueprintBlueprint
Architecture and design magazine offering a mixture of criticism, news and feature writing.
Print Holdings: 1998 – present
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Journal cover of Detail DETAIL
International professional journal dealing with architecture and construction. Every issue focuses on a different aspect of construction, giving contemporary examples which are illustrated with plans and photographs. DETAIL also archives all its project information on their database ‘DETAIL Inspiration’, including images and research for over 3000 projects.
Print Holdings: 2014 – present
DETAIL Inspiration database – email for details of how to access this service
Click here for full catalogue record
In a beautifully designed large format, this architecture and design magazine is written in both Italian and English. Published 11 times a year, it has article- rather than news- based content.
Print Holdings: 2012 – present
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Journal cover of Frame Frame
Devoted to interior design, architecture, product design and exhibition design.
Print holdings: 2012 – present
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Journal cover of Harvard Design MagazineHarvard Design Magazine
Probes beyond the established design disciplines to enrich and diversify current discourse. Scholarly, poetic, and visually lush, each issue triggers new interpretations of design’s defining role in today’s culture. Distinguished and unexpected voices from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning meet those from the realms of art, science, literature, and beyond. Publishes twice yearly.
Print holdings: 2012 – present
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Journal cover of Japan ArchitectJapan Architect

Quarterly journal highlighting the best in Japanese architecture.
Print holdings: 2012 – present
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Journal cover of RIBA JournalRIBA Journal
Produced by the Royal institute of British architects offering essential reading, in-depth building studies and the latest thinking on architectural practice matters.
Print holdings: 2012 – present
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Journal cover of VolumeVolume
An independent journal which discusses architecture in its broadest sense, including designing environments, attitudes to social structures, and the cultural and political significance of architecture.
Print Holdings: 2012 – present
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JOurnal cover of Wallpaper MagazineWallpaper
The world’s number one global design journal, championing the best in architecture, interiors, fashion, art and contemporary art.
Print Holdings: 2002-2007, 2011 – present
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Archived Journals


A platform for the practice and perception of architecture, Mark is a visual, non-academic publication full of first-hand information from creative people.

Print holdings: 2011 – 2018

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