Interior Design

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 Interior Design 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 Interior Design

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. a designer’s name) and you will see a results list that includes both books and journal articles which feature in 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.

Kanopy logo

Kanopy: A curated collection of over 30,000 videos available for streaming on and off campus.

How to access – click on the link above to login to Kanopy with your NUA username and password.

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 Interior Design playlist
of programmes that you might find useful.
Image databases

Image of pattern by Bianchini-Ferier© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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 Interior Design-Friendly Websites
British Institute of Interior Design

V and A Museum
Design Museum London
Glasgow School of Art Archive


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 e-books 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.

Interior Design E-Journals

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

Cover of Interiors JournalInteriors
Brings together the best critical work on the analysis of all types of spaces. This journal will investigate the complexities of the interior environment’s composition and its impact on the inhabitant from a trans-disciplinary perspective. 
Electronic holdings:
2010 – present 
Journal of Design History
Journal of Design History is a leading journal in its field. It plays an active role in the development of design history, as well as contributing to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture.
Electronic holdings: 01/01/1996 – present (Full Text Delay: 1 year)
over of De Zeen MagazineDe Zeen
The world’s most influential architecture, interiors and design magazine.
Electronic holdings: Online only 
Cover of Home Cultures JournalHome 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 Interior Design.


Browse the Library Shelves (when we are able!)Book cover of Interior Architecture: from Brief to BuildBook cover of Constrution and Detailing for Interior Design

Books on Interior Design

Interior Design books in the Library’s main collection can be found on the first floor at Dewey Decimal number 769. They are broken down into more specific subject areas like this:

General works on Interior Design: 769 Interiors : specific elements: 769.4
Drawing/Illustration: 769.01 Interiors :specific residential rooms: 769.5
History (General): 769.1 Interiors : specific buildings: 769.6
Interiors by country: 769.2 Interiors : Lighting and colour: 769.7
Interior Designers A – Z: 769.3

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

Architecture: 770 Design: 740

Main collection books can be borrowed for three weeks.

Special Collections  Book cover of Building Stories
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 Pretty Deadly pamphlet
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!)Journal cover of Interiors Journal cover of New Design

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.
  • The material in them often covers contemporary activity and news.
  • Young artists and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.


Interior Design Journals and Magazines

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

Current Journals

Journal cover of BlueprintBlueprint
Architecture and design magazine, offering a mixture of criticism, news and feature writing.
Print Holdings: 2000  – present

Online access: 2012 – present
Click here for full catalogue record
Journal cover of Domus magazineDomus
In a beautifully designed large format, this architecture and design magazine is written in both Italian and English. Published 11 times a year; article and news based content.
Print Holdings: 2012 – present
Click here for full catalogue record
Journal cover of Frame Frame
Devoted to interior design, architecture, product design and exhibition design.
Print holdings: 2012 – present
Click here for full catalogue record
FX reports on the design of offices, hotels, healthcare, education and leisure interiors, as well as fostering debate and discussion within the design industry.Print holdings: 2018 – present
Click here for full catalogue record
Cover of Icon MagazineIcon
British architecture and design magazine established in 2003 by Marcus Fairs.
Print Holdings: from issue 160 ,2016 – present
Icon website
Click here for full catalogue record
Cover of New Design JournalNew Design
Covers product and industrial design including innovations and design processes.
Print holdings: from issue 123, 2016 – present
New Design website
Click here for full catalogue record
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
Click here for full catalogue record

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

Click here for full catalogue record