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Containing over 100,000 volumes with over 20,000 in special collections, the Architecture and Planning Library serves the academic and research needs of scholars and professionals in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and planning as well as those whose focus is in the history of art and American Studies. The library also hosts over 200 current periodical subscriptions in its celebrated reading room in addition to facilitating access to hundreds available online.

The library also houses the Alexander Architectural Archive which contains documentation for historic and architecturally important projects in and out of the state, focusing primarily on work by Texas architects. To access information about the collections at the archive visit the Collections and Finding Aids page.

Subjects covered by the library's collection include:

  • architectural design, theory, history, and criticism
  • historic preservation
  • building technology
  • landscape architecture
  • interior design
  • sustainable design
  • urban design
  • community and regional planning

Some materials are contained in Special Collections from which items may be viewed, in a limited capacity, upon request. 

Information about the Architecture Library's holdings is accessible through the University of Texas Libraries' online catalog. For instructions, see the Library Catalog User Guide.

Materials not available from campus libraries can be requested through the University of Texas Libraries' Inter-Library Service.

Available through workstations in the University of Texas Libraries or via the Internet, Databases and Indexes to Articles provides access to periodical indexes, full-text resources, books and dissertations, statistical sources, and more. Avery Index and other database assistance is available from staff in the library.

Especially useful for architecture and planning research:

To borrow items from any UT library, or use other services restricted to current UT students, faculty, and staff, non-UT borrowers need to obtain a library card through one of the several programs offered to the community by the University of Texas Libraries.