What content is available in Bloomsbury Architecture Library?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library offers the landmark 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, published in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, fully rewritten with updates from over 100 experts, and an expanding range of eBooks, covering architecture, architectural history, theory, design, urbanism, landscape, and interiors (42 available at launch). The platform also includes building pages, a world map, a time line and a glossary that contains over 900 key architectural terms.

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Is the content included in Bloomsbury Architecture Library available online anywhere else?

Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st edition and a majority of the eBooks on the platform are available online exclusively in Bloomsbury Architecture Library. A limited number of eBooks in the resource are available on Bloomsbury Design Library.

Does the resource cover architecture across countries?

The resource offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of architecture from almost every country in the world. Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture is an acclaimed resource with unmistakable illustrations and new color photographs. The 21st edition has been entirely rewritten with a global focus, reflecting the latest scholarship in global architecture history.

How is ‘architecture’ defined?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library features a wide selection of works on architecture and related disciplines including urbanism, landscape, and interiors. It approaches the subject through architectural history and theory, connecting to contemporary design practice and the best current thinking about the issues that matter including: global perspectives, politics, sustainability, and the future of architectural design.

What time period is covered?

The entire span of architecture history from pre-history to the present day is covered in the Bloomsbury Architecture Library.

Will the resource be updated?

Content updates will occur once a year in the Winter, adding new books and materials, including:

  • Museum and archive image collections, including 600 images to be added from the National Archive at Kew
  • Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture
  • Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World
  • A Cultural History of Interiors

Who is the resource for?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, researchers, and professionals in the fields of architecture, architecture history, art history, interior design, urban studies, and landscape architecture.


How do I find the information I need?

There are multiple ways of navigating the content:

  • The main Search box in the header
  • Advanced Search: search by author name, title, subject or publication date
  • Explore options: browse lists by Place, Period, Styles, and People and Cultures
  • Browse Contents: browse by Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture or eBooks

Can I save items for reading later?

Yes! It’s quick and easy for any authenticated user to set up a personal account to save books, chapters, images or other items to view later, organize saved items into folders, email and export citations, save searches and set up search alerts.

Follow the link in the header to ‘Sign in to your personal account’: you then have the option to sign in using Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter, or to select ‘Sign up now’ and enter a few personal details (name, occupation, country, email address and password) to create a Personal Account.

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How do I cite texts from Bloomsbury Architecture Library?

From the content page, click on the ‘cite’ icon to view formatted citations in APA, MLA, Chicago and Harvard citation styles. You can also download a file in RIS format for importing into reference manager software. Please note that the original pagination has been preserved from the print editions.

Can I print and download full text?

Yes, the site content has no DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection, and so it can be printed or saved to personal computers. All use of the site content is subject to our Terms and Conditions: printing and saving should be for personal use, and standard copyright restrictions apply regarding unauthorized copying and distribution.

Can I follow links to other online resources?

Yes, if your institution has set up a link resolver, you can follow links from the bibliographies of full-text books to find copies of the referenced works in your library catalogue or other resources to which your library subscribes.


How do I subscribe to Bloomsbury Architecture Library?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is available by annual subscription to institutions, including universities, colleges, schools and public libraries.

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Most institutions will set up their access via IP-authentication, which means that users are automatically ‘logged in’ when accessing through their institution. If you have been recognised as a user from a subscribing institution, this will be signalled by the ‘Access provided by…’ message in the site header. Some institutions require username and password access. If you are in doubt as to how to access the site, please contact your library.

Does the site support access via Shibboleth?

Yes. If your institution uses authentication via Shibboleth, select this option from the Log In page.

Is there a limit on the number of users that can use the site at the same time?

No, access is available on an unlimited simultaneous user basis.

Can I access Bloomsbury Architecture Library on a mobile device?

Yes, the site is responsive, and fully optimized for displaying on a range of tablet and smartphone interfaces. The site has been tested using recent versions of the iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets. No web-enabled devices are specifically excluded, and there is no separate mobile site: the site layout adapts automatically depending on the size of the screen.

What browsers are supported?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library has been tested using Internet Explorer (version 10 onwards), Safari (version 6 onwards), and the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome, on PC, Mac and mobile operating systems. We will continue to monitor usage from different browsers and platforms and revise our list of actively supported browsers and devices accordingly.

Does Bloomsbury Architecture Library conform to accessibility standards?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library conforms to accessibility standards for most Level A (Priority 1) and AA (Priority 2) success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C).

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