About Bloomsbury Architecture Library

‘Every university library should subscribe’ - Barnabas Calder, Times Higher Education

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is a leading digital resource for the study of architecture, urbanism, and interior design. Its dynamic digital platform offers access to wide-ranging collections of text and image content, from architectural history to cutting-edge design guidance. The platform is comprised of multiple collections, detailed below.

Fully-searchable throughout, browsable by theme, or accessible through interactive features such as the visual timeline and world map, the content includes introductory guidance as well as in-depth research – making the Bloomsbury Architecture Library an essential resource for academics and students concerned with the history, theory, and practice of architecture.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library Collections

Bloomsbury Architecture Library consists of two separate collections, the Core Collection and Architecture Design & Practice Online, available for separate purchase. When purchased together, the collections are fully-cross-searchable, allowing users to seamlessly access cultural and contextual content alongside technical and design content – breaking down boundaries between ‘silos’ of knowledge and relating academic theory to studio practice. Further collections are planned for the future.

The Core Collection

Explore 5,500 years of the world’s architecture through Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st edition; browse through an interactive visual timeline of global architectural history; or undertake in-depth research through Bloomsbury’s library of architecture ebooks.

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Architecture Design & Practice Online

In partnership with Taylor and Francis, the Architecture Design & Practice Online collection includes over 200 titles focusing on studio design, technical detail, and professional practice – perfect for the student and the professional designer.

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Future collections include:

Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture (2024)

Filling a major gap in architectural historiography - the first authoritative reference to women architects and their work, and to key terms for gender and feminism in architecture. With over 1,000 entries and 600 images, covering 135 countries, all fully cross-searchable and browsable by theme, online and exclusive to the platform.

Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World 2nd edition (2024)

Exclusive to the platform, the definitive resource for the study of the world’s vernacular and traditional building cultures. The second edition of this classic work will present a major development in the field, its expanded scope capturing two decades of concerted effort to document and understand the world’s fast-disappearing traditional and vernacular building cultures.

It will feature 3,000 illustrated entries written by the world’s leading scholars of vernacular architecture and material culture, all fully cross-searchable and browsable by theme.