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The Architecture Library is located on the second floor of the McEwen School of Architecture at 85 Elm Street in downtown Sudbury.
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 9 AM to 8 PM
Friday: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1 PM to 5 PM
Library hours are subject to change on short notice. For an up-to-date view of our library hours, go to laurentian.ca/library-hours.
Searching the catalogue
The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books:
- Search "any field" when starting your search.
- Select title when you know the book you want.
You can then limit your search to the Architecture Library’s collection by selecting Architecture.
Requesting a book
To have a book placed on the hold shelf for you:
- Click on the title to see the full record
- Navigate to the Get it heading
- For books from the Architecture or J.N. Desmarais libraries, click Request (next day pickup) and complete the form. For items with multiple volumes, each volume will have its own link.
- For books from other libraries, click Get it from another library and complete the form.
- If you want the complete book, you must select Format: Physical.
- If you want just a single chapter or excerpt of less than 10% of the book, you can select Format: Digital and specify the chapter title or page range.
You will receive an email when the book is ready for you to pick up.
Borrowing rare books
The rare book collection contains books that are special editions, rare, unique, valuable, or fragile. So that we can preserve them, they cannot leave the Library. Ask staff at the front desk to view them.
Browsing the shelf
Books are organized by call numbers. Here is a quick video on how to read a call number. Architecture-related materials are generally classified under NA.
Relevant call number ranges include:
E-F – History. Historic Preservation.
GN – Vernacular Architecture
HT – City Planning. Urban Design.
KF – Architecture and Law
LB – Buildings for Education
N – Visual Arts
NA 1-60 – General
NA 100-130 – Architecture and the state
NA 190-1555.5 – History
NA 1995 – Architecture as a profession
NA 2000-2320 – Study and teaching. Research
NA 2335-2360 – Competitions
NA 2400-2460 – Museums. Exhibitions
NA 2500-2599 – General works
NA 2599.5-2599.9 – Architectural criticism
NA 2695-2793 – Architectural drawing and design
NA 2835-4050 – Details and decoration
NA 4100-8480 – Special classes of buildings
NA 4100-4145 – Classed by material
NA 4150-4160 – Classed by form
NA 4170-8480 – Classed by use
NA 4170-7020 – Public buildings
NA 4590-5621 – Religious architecture
NA 7100-7884 – Domestic architecture. Houses. Dwellings
NA 7910-8125 – Clubhouses, guild houses, etc.
NA 8200-8260 – Farm architecture
NA 8300-8480 – Outbuildings, gates, fences, etc.
NA 9000-9428 – Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
NC – Drawing and Graphic Arts
NK – Interior Architecture and Design
RA – Hospital and Health Facilities Design
SB – Landscape Architecture
TH – Building and Construction
Z 679 – Library Design
How do I find ebooks?
There are 2 ways of finding ebooks:
- Search the catalogue
- Search ebook databases
What does the Library have in print?
*Based on the AASL (Association of Architecture School Librarians) core periodical list. (Last updated June 10, 2020)
Searching for images online
- Artstor: a visual resource database
- Archnet: an open-access library on the built environment of Muslim societies
- Getty - Open Content Program
- Google Advanced Image Search (under “usage rights,” choose “free to use or share”)
- OpenVerse - more than 600 million images and audio clips available for reuse under a Creative Common license
- Wikimedia Commons
Borrowing films from the Library
The film collection includes DVDs screened as part of MSoA film series.
How to view
The Library loans out USB connected DVD and blu-ray Drives.
How to borrow
Ask staff at the front desk to borrow a DVD or DVD drive as the collection is located in the backroom.
How to borrow
Ask the staff at the Library front desk.
The Architecture Library is developing a small, reference collection of core architectural building materials samples. The Materials Collection introduces students to a range of materials that can be used in the design and construction of the built environment.
CSI MasterFormat Divisions
The Materials Collection is organized by the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat to familiarize students with industry standards before entering the design profession.
CSI MasterFormat is the standard for organizing construction specifications of commercial and institutional building projects in the U.S. and Canada.
MasterFormat is a product of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada.
External Material Collection Resources
Materia - Materia is the global network in the area of innovative materials. Materia encourages joint innovation on the road to a more beautiful, sustainable and high-quality built environment.
The University of Texas at Austin Materials Laboratory - The Materials Lab maintains the largest and most comprehensive academic material collection in the world. The ever-growing collection features 27,000+ material samples and is reflective of the current building and design markets with a particular focus on smart, emerging and sustainable materials and technlogies.
Bétocib. Peaux de béton: 65 architecture contemporaines. Paris: Dunod, 2013. Call # NA 4125 B48 2013
Canadian Portland Cement Association. Concrete Design Handbook. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Portland Cement Association, 1995. Call # TA 683.2 C576 1995
Cohen, Jean-Louis et Gerard Martin Moeller. Architectures du béton: nouvelles vagues, nouvelles recherches. Paris: Moniteur, 2006. Call # NA 4125 L5614 2006
Day, Richard. The practical handbook of concrete and masonry. New York, NY: Arco, 1969. Call # TA 670 D38 1969
Forty, Adrian. Concrete and Culture: A Material History. London: Reaktion, 2012. Call # NA 4125 F67 2012
Hall, William et Leonard Koren. Béton. Paris: Phaidon, 2015. Call # NA 4125 C6514 2015
Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in concrete. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4125 K68 2012
Mettler, Daniel and Daniel Studer. Made of Concrete. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH, 2018. Call # TA 681.5 M33 2018
Peck, Martin. Modern concrete construction manual: structural design, material properties, sustainability. München: Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation, 2014. Call # TH 1461 A85313 2014
Materials - select print resources
Allen, Edward. Fundamentals of building construction: materials and methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2014. Call # TH 145 A417 2014
Berge, Bjørn. The Ecology of Building Materials. Oxford: Architectural Press, 2000. Call # TA 403.6 B456613 2000
Bounoure, Guillaume and Chloé Genevaux. La paille dans l'architecture, le design, la mode et l'art. Paris: Éditions Alternatives, 2017. Call # NK 8714 G45 2017
Bounoure, Guillaume and Chloé Genevaux. Le Liège dans l'architecture, le design, la mode et l'art. Paris: Éditions Alternatives, 2017. Call # NK 4699 G45 2017
Brownell, Blaine. Material strategies: innovative applications in architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. Call # TA 403.6 B76 2012
Brownell, Blaine. Transmaterial next: a catalog of materials that redefine our future. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2017. Call # TA 403.6 T153 2017
Ching, Frank. Building construction illustrated. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Call # TH 146 C52 2014
Dernie, David. Material Imagination in Architecture. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Call # NA 2750 D38 2016
Fernandez, John. Material architecture: emergent materials for innovative buildings and ecological construction. Boston: Architectural Press, 2006. Call # TA 403.6 F47 2006
Foster, Michael. Architecture: style, structure and design. New York: Excalibur Books, 1982. Call # NA 2500 A73 1982
Gerber, Eckhard. Architectural Material & Detail Structure: Advanced Materials. London: Design Media Publishing, 2016. Call # TA 403 G35 2016
Hebel, Dirk, Marta H. Wisniewska, and Felix Heisel. Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014. Call # TA 403.6 B82 2014
Howes, Philip. Material matters: new materials in design. London: Black Dog Pub., 2012. Call # TA 403.6 H69 2012
Hoyet, Nadia. Matériaux et architecture durable: fabrication et transformations, propriétés physiques et architecturales, approche environnementale. Paris: Dunod, 2017. Call # NA 2542.35 H69 2017
Kottas, Dimitris, Oriol Vallès and Roberto Bottura. Matériaux: architecture et construction. 2016. Call # NA 4100 K68 2016
Kultermann, Eva. Construction materials, methods, and techniques: building for a sustainable future. Boston, MA: Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2017. Call # TH 145 K85 2017
Lefteri, Chris. Making it: manufacturing techniques for product design. London: Laurence King Pub., 2007. Call # TS 183 L44 2007
Lefteri, Chris. Materials for design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2014. Call # TA 403 L44 2014
Lyons, Arthur. Materials for architects and builders. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Call # TA 403 L95 2014
Murray, Scott. Translucent Building Skins: Material Innovations in Modern and Contemporary Architecture. London: New York: Routledge, 2013. Call # NA 2940 M89 2013
Spiegel, Ross. Green building materials: a guide to product selection and specification. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2012. Call # TH 455 S65 2012
Taylor, Geoffrey D. Materials in Construction: An Introduction. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education, 2000. Call # TA 403 T39 2000
Gauzin-Muller, Dominique. Architecture en terre d'aujourd'hui. Paris: Museo Édition, 2017. Call # TH 1421 G38 2017
Krahn, Tim. Essential rammed earth construction: the complete step-by-step guide. Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers, 2019. Call # TH 1421 K73 2019
Mudgirls Natural Building Collective. Mudgirls manifesto: handbuilt homes, handcrafted lives. Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers, 2018. Call # TH 4860 M83 2018
Rogue, Conrad. House of Earth: a complete handbook for earthen construction: cob, straw-clay, adobe, earthbags, plasters, floors, paints. [United States]: House Alive, 2015. Call # TH 4818 A3 R64 2015
Volhard, Franz. Construire en terre allégée. [Arles]: Actes Sud, 2016. Call # TH 1421 V6514 2016
Volhard, Franz. Light Earth Building: A Handbook for Building with Wood and Earth. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2016. Call # TH 1421 V65 2016
California Straw Building Association. Straw bale building details: an illustrated guide for design and construction. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2019. Call # TH 4818 S77 S87 2019
Magwood, Chris. Straw bale building: how to plan, design & build with straw. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2000. Call # TH 4818 S77 M34 2000
Aicher, Simon. Materials and joints in timber structures. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014. Call # TH 1101 M38 2014
Désveaux, Delphine. Nouvelles architectures en bois. Antony: Éditions Le Moniteur, 2016. Call # NA 4110 D48 2016
Forest Products Laboratory. Wood handbook: wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI: U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010. Call # TA 419 W66 2010
Galindo, Michelle. Wood architecture & design. Salenstein: Braun, 2012. Call # NA 4110 G26 2012
Glasner, Barbara. Wonder wood: a favorite material for design, architecture, and art. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2013. Call # NK 9604 G53713 2013
Green, Michael. Tall wood buildings: design, construction and performance. Boston: Birkhäuser, 2017. Call # TA 666 G74 2017
Hall, William and Richard Mabey. Bois. Paris: Phaidon, 2017. Call # NA 4110 W6514 2017
Hansen, Hans Jürgen. Architecture in wood: a history of wood building and its techniques in Europe and North America. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1971. Call # TH 1101 H2913 1971
Herzog, Thomas. Timber construction manual. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2004. Call # TA 666 T472 2004
Hoadley, R. Bruce. Understanding wood: a craftsman’s guide to wood technology. Newton, Conn: Taunton Press, 1980. Call # TT 180 H59 1980
Hudert, Markus and Sven Pfeiffer. Rethinking wood: future dimensions of timber assembly. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2019. Call # TA 666 R48 2019
Jeska, Simone. Emergent timber technologies: materials, structures, engineering, projects. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2015. Call # TH 1101 N42213 2015
Jodidio, Philiip. 100 contemporary wood buildings. Cologne: Taschen, 2015. Call # NA 4110 J635 2015 V.1 & V.2
Lennartz, Marc Wilhelm. New architecture in wood: forms and structures. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2016. Call # NA 4110 L45713 2015
Mayo, Joseph. Solid wood: case studies in mass timber architecture, technology and design. New York: Routledge, 2015. Call # NA 4110 M29 2015
McLeod, Virginia. Detail in contemporary timber architecture. London: Laurence King Pub., 2010. Call # NA 4110 M354 2010
Meyhöfer, Dirk. Touch wood: the rediscovery of a building material. Berlin: Braun, 2008. Call # NA 4110 T68 2008
Monies, Finn. Wood in architecture. New York, NY: F.W. Dodge Corporation, 1961. Call # NA 1218 M613 1961
Norman, Anne. Made in wood: l’art de construire en bois. Bruxelles: Mardaga, 2014. Call # NA 4110 N675 2014
Pryce, Will. Architecture in wood: a world history. London: Thames & Hudson, 2016. Call # NA 4110 P79 2016
Schwinn, Tobias. Advancing wood architecture: a computational approach. New York: Routledge, 2017. Call # NA 4110 M456 2017
Steiger, Ludwig. Basics timber construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2007. Call # TA 666 S685 2007
Wilk, Christopher. Plywood: A Material Story. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2017. Call # TS 870 W55 2017
Chicago uses two different forms: the Author-Date system and the Notes and Bibliography system. Make sure you use the proper style and form as requested by your professor. The following quick reference guide will be using Chicago Notes and Bibliography*.
For the first notation, include all of the source information: author, title, and publishing data. When citing a source a second time, include the author’s last name, the abbreviated title, and the pages. If a source is cited more than two times successively, use “Ibid.” followed by the page numbers (if differing). Notes are formatted as footnotes or endnotes beginning with “1.”
*Chicago style uses hanging indents in its bibliography.
|BOOK||Lastname, Firstname. Book Title. Location of publication: publisher, year.
Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.
Lastname, Firstname. Book Title. Translated by Firstname Lastname. Location of publication: publisher, year.
De Saint-Exupéry, Antoine. The Little Prince. Translated by Katherine Woods. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1971.
|CHAPTER IN A COLLECTED WORK||
Lastname, Firstname. “Chapter Title.” In Book Title, edited by Firstname Lastname, pages. Location of publication: publisher, year.
Barman, Jean. “Taming Aboriginal sexuality: Gender, Power, and Race in British Columbia, 1850-1900.” In In the Days of our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada. Edited by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Lorna Townsend, 270-300. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
Lastname, Firstname. “Article Title.” Journal Title, Volume, no.# (year): pages. Accessed Month day, year (if applicable). URL or doi.
Buchanan, Brett. “The Time of the Animal.” PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, 2 no.2 (2007): 61-80. Accessed November 7, 2012. http://search.proquest.com/docview/43243630?accountid=12005.
Lastname, Firstname. “Article Title.” Newspaper (place of publication), Month day, year. URL (if applicable).
Smith, Teresa. “Drought-Stricken Almonte Farmer Receives Much-Needed Hay from Saskatchewan.” Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa), October 31, 2012. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Drought+stricken+Almonte+farmer+receiv...
|ONLINE PRESENTATION / CONFERENCE||
Name of presenter. “Presentation Title if available.” Presented to Name of conference and organization, place, date. URL.
Brown, Brené. “The Power of Vulnerability.” Presented to Ted Talks, Houston, June 2010. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html.
Author, screen name, or editor. “Title of page.” Website name, date last modified (if available). Date accessed (if not modified). URL.
Historica Dominion Institute. Richard Pierpoint. Historica Dominion Institute. Accessed November 8, 2012. https://www.historicacanada.ca/content/heritage-minutes/richard-pierpoint
Generally, blogs are listed in the notes and not the bibliography. However, if it is a blog of significance you may add it to your bibliography. If the title includes the word “blog” there is no need to repeat it within parentheses.
In the notes:
Geist, Michael, “Canadian Copyright Reform in Force: Expanded User Rights Now the Law,” Michael Geist (blog), November 7, 2012, http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6692/125/.
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One School, One Book
Each year the Library selects a book and invites the McEwen School of Architecture community to read the book over the winter term and come together to share their thoughts.