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Overview of Architecture

The Architecture Library is one of the branches or the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame and is located within the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture. The library is comprised of over 36,000 volumes and hundreds of periodicals on the built and planned environment. Collection strengths include classical & traditional architectureAmerican architectureItalian architectureLatin American architectureNew Urbanismsustainable design & planning, and urban planning. The Architecture Library supports the research and instructional needs of the School of Architecture's NAAB-accredited programs including the five-year undergraduate program and its two- and three-year Master of Architecture and Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism programs. 

Beginning Your Research

The Architecture Library houses valuable resources that will enhance your research and study of Architecture. Below is a quick guide to help you get started. 

How to Start

Explore your topic and develop a strategy for finding information. What are the most important aspects? These ideas becomes your 'keywords' for searching. For researching an architect, the architect's name is your keyword. For researching a style or movement, that name would be the keyword. It is important to start broadly and then narrow your search process. 

It is helpful to create a chart that describes all aspects of what you are looking for.

Example Searching for a specific building
Architect's Name Leon Battista Alberti
Building Name Malatesta Temple
Alternate Names Temio Malatestiano, Church of San Francesco at Rimini
Location Rimini, Italy
Associated Names Sigismondo Malatesta (patron), Pope Pius II, Isotta degli Atti
Associated Architects/Artists Matteo de'Pasti, Piero della Francesca, Agostino di Duccio
Other Keywords engaged columns, triumphal arch

Once you have your keywords follow these steps:

  1. Search the Notre Dame Library Catalog and/or WorldCat for books
  2. Look for articles on your topic
  3. Look for images
  4. Cite your sources

Search the Web

Google Web Search

The Architecture Library's Collections

The Architecture Library's books are part of many different collections. Be sure to note which collection the book you are looking for is part of in order to find it on the shelf!

Collection Location
General The General Collection begins on the 2nd floor (A- NA705 .A673) and continues in the lower level.
Reference Main floor, adjacent to Circulation Desk
Course Reserves Main floor, adjacent to Circulation Desk
New Books Main floor, adjacent to Circulation Desk
Periodicals New periodicals are available in the lower level and bound periodicals are shelved within the regular collection
Oversize At the end of the General Collection in the Lower Level
Flat Oversize Rare books, ask a staff member for assistance
Ryan Rare Book Room By Appointment, ask a librarian for help