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Architecture: Books

A guide to finding information in architecture. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). This will show you where the book is located (which floor and its location number - known as the 'Call Number'). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: anderson architectural design

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

You may also find items in Enterprise from the Landscape Institute Library and Archives . These are available from our Special Collections which is in the same building as the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) adjacent to the London Road Campus of the University.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Key locations

2nd Floor

347 Law Treatises
347.225 Construction law
347.2255 Construction contracts
363.69 Preservation of historic buildings and environments

3rd Floor

658 Management (business; engineering; industrial)
658.99 Construction management
690 Building construction
690.0286 Green or sustainable buildings
692.3 Building standards and specifications
692.4 Building contracts
692.6 Building supervision
693 Systems of building construction

See the Construction management and engineering subject guide for a more detailed breakdown of aspects of construction


700 Art in general
701 Theory of art
709 History of art
711 Area planning
711.4 City planning
712  Landscape architecture (design)
720 Architecture
720.23 Architecture as a career
720.284 Architectural drawing
720.285 Computer applications in Architecture 
720.286 Remodelling of buildings
720.288 Maintenance, repair, conservation and restoration of buildings
720.3  Dictionaries and glossaries 
720.42 Inclusive environments
720.47 Architecture and the environment
720.483 Tall buildings
720.68 Architectural management and practice
720.9 History and individual architects
721 Architectural construction
722 - 724 Architectural periods
722 Ancient architecture
723  Medieval architecture 300-1400
724.1  Architecture from 1400-1800
724.5 Architecture from 1800-1899
724.6  Architecture from 1900-1999
724.7  Architecture from 2000
725-728 Specific types of buildings
725  Public buildings
725.1 Government buildings
725.2 Commercial buildings
725.8 Recreation buildings
726 Ecclesiastical buildings
728 Residential buildings
729 Architectural design and decoration
729.1  Design in vertical plane
729.19 Inscriptions and lettering
729.2 Design in horizontal plane (Plans and planning)
729.28 Lighting
729.29 Acoustics
729.4  Painted and architectural decoration
730  Sculpture 
740 Drawing and decorative art
745  Design and decorative art 
745.2 Industrial design
745.4  Design



Call Numbers for selected topics

Aesthetics 701.17
Aesthetics: philosophy 111.85
Ancient architecture 722
Architect’s detail drawings 692.2
Architectural drawing 720.284
Architectural drawings 720.222
Architectural periods 722-724
Architectural practice 720.68
Architecture of specific countries 720.9
Art theory 701.1

Baroque architecture 724.19
Baroque arts 709.033

BIM 690.0285
BIM in architectural practice 720.285
Building estimates 692.5
Building information modeling - see BIM
Building regulations and codes 692.9

Careers in Architecture 720.23
Cathedrals 726.6

Churches 726.5
City planning and design 711.4
Computer graphics 006.6
Conservation and restoration 363.69

Design, general 745 and 745.4
Design, architectural 729

Domestic architecture 728

Ecclesiastical architecture 726
Energy conservation, Architecture 720.472
Energy management in building 697
Environment  and Architecture 720.47

‚ÄčGothic architecture 723.5
Gothic revival 724.3
Green buildings 720.47

Islamic architecture 723.3
Islamic arts, general 709.56
IT in construction 690.0285

Landscape design and gardening  712
Le Corbusier 720.944

Management in architecture 720.68

Real estate investment and development 333.33
Renewable energy 333.794
Renewable energy resources / Engineering 621.4
Residential buildings 728
Romanesque architecture 723.4

Signage 659.134
Site planning 720.28
Sustainable architecture 720.47

Urban redevelopment 711.59

Vernacular architecture 728
Visual theory 701.15

Wayfinding 659.134

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New books

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages: