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Telephone: 705-675-1151, extension 7273

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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. The Library is accessible by stairwell and elevator and is on the same floor as three of the six studios and the majority of faculty offices. The Library is approximately 4,850 square feet and is heavily used during term. It is the only room in the entire complex of architecture buildings that is carpeted, and interestingly, the carpet has a pixelated graphic of the Sudbury impact basin. Library exhibits showcase materials or events at the School, Library Lunch & Learn sessions and students’ design work, making the space dynamic and welcoming.

The Architecture Library is configured with eight alcove-styled carrels for one or two individuals each, as well as long maple tables with caster seating with room for up to seventy (the typical class size at the School of Architecture). The informal lounge seating at the south end of the library is conducive for quiet reading, informal discussions, or public events. Given that the Library officially opened January 19, 2017, the facility, which showcases cross-laminated timber (CLT), is new, warm and inviting. It serves as a wonderful breakout space for students looking for an alternative to studio seating, for small group discussion, or a quiet place for research or study.

Hours of Operation (Spring/Summer)

Library hours are subject to change on short notice. For an up-to-date view of our library hours, go to

Effective May 6, 2024, the Architecture Library's hours of operation will be as follows:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM – 4 PM

CLOSED for lunch 12 – 1 PM

These summer hours will be in effect until the end of day, Friday, August 30, 2024.

Subject Librarian

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Name: Sandra Rakovac
Position Title: Liaison Librarian: Science, Engineering and Architecture
Email Address:
Extension: 5132
Office Location: JND 30-252 & SA-222

Library Assistant​

Dorothy Robb








Name: Dorothy Robb
Position Title: Library Assistant, McEwen School of Architecture
Email Address:
Telephone: 705-675-1151, Extension: 7271
Office Location: SA 221


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.

catalogue search screen shot

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 1-9428 – Architecture
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

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.

Requesting a book

To have a book placed on the hold shelf for you:

  1. Click on the title to see the full record
  2. Navigate to the Get it heading
    • For books from the Architecture or J.N. Desmarais libraries, click Request 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.

"Get It" portion of the full record display for a book, showing the "Request" link just under the "Get It" heading

Multi-volume items

Get It section of book details page in Omni, with multiple volumes. Each volume has its own "Request (next day pickup)" link.


How do I find ebooks?

There are 2 ways of finding ebooks: 

  1. Search the catalogue
  2. Search ebook databases

How do I search the catalogue for ebooks?

You can search for ebooks in the catalogue by limiting the format to books/ebooks. Follow the links to get access.

Which databases do I search for ebooks?

  • Ebook Central ?

    Description: close to 40,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • EBSCOHost eBook Collection ?

    Description: Over 7,500 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • Scholars Portal - Ebooks ?

    Description: Over 345,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas. Select Full Text Only to find only those ebooks with full text.

  • Springer LINK ?

    Description: SpringerLink currently offers 2,777 fully peer-reviewed journals and over 151,000 books online.


Where do I search?

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals ?

    Description: The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is published by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. It offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including bibliographic descriptions on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. It contains over seven hundred American and international journals including not only scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serials on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Articles are included from key publications such as American Architect, Domus, Dwell, and El Croquis, as well as architectural articles from art and planning journals such as Burlington Magazine, Journal of Green Building, Metropolitan Museum Journal, and Urban Land. Avery Index also contains references to more than thirteen thousand obituary citations thereby providing architects, architectural historians, and researchers with an excellent source of biographical and professional information about architects. Among the obituaries indexed are those from four crucial American periodicals since their inception: American Architect (1876), Architectural Forum (1892), Architectural Record (1891), and Progressive Architecture (1920). The Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects is indexed as far back as 1865, providing an extensive record of English architects.

  • Art & Architecture Source ?

    Description: This database covers a broad range of related subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. This database features full-text articles—as well as detailed indexing and abstracts—for an array of journals, books and more. International in scope, Art & Architecture Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch and is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

  • Artstor (now on JSTOR) ?

    Artstor content is now available through JSTOR

    Description: The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. As of August 1, 2024, Artstor content will only be accessible through JSTOR.

Other useful databases to search

  • JSTOR ?

    Description: JSTOR includes the archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. Note: Normally the journals in JSTOR are five years from current; further, all JSTOR journals are available through the "Get it @ Laurentian" link from other databases. JSTOR should NOT be used as at the first resort.

  • ASTM Standards ?

    Description: The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Digital Library provides you instant access to the digital edition of nearly every ASTM International book and paper spanning 140+ industries and 100+ years.

  • Google Scholar ?

    Description: "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature... across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."

  • Historical Abstracts ?

    Description: Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955. Access is limited to 6 concurrent users.

  • GreenFILE ?

    Description: GreenFILE is a multidisciplinary database which relates the environment to a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Includes more than 538,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 5,800 records. Years covered: 1969 - present.

  • WorldCat ?

    Description: The world's largest database of library collections in North America and abroad, including Laurentian's.

What does the Library have in print?

A + U Architecture and Urbanism = Kenchiku toToshi

AA Files

APT Bulletin

Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects

Architects’ Journal (AJ)

Architectural Design (AD)

Architectural History: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

Architectural Record

Architectural Review

Architectural Science Review

Architectural Theory Review

Architecture and Culture

Architecture d'Aujourd'Hui

Arkitektur N

Arkitektur: The Swedish Review of Architecture


ARQ (Chile)

ARQ Architecture/Quebec

ARQ Architectural Research Quarterly

Azure: Design Architecture & Art

Canadian Architect

Detail: Zeitschrift für Architektur & Baudetail

Detail (English): Review of Architecture and Construction

Detail Green

Detail Inside: Zeitschrift für Architektur und Innenraumgestaltung


El Croquis

Energy and Buildings

Fine Homebuilding

Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly

Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory & Criticism

GA Document

GA Houses

Garden History

Grey Room

Harvard Design Magazine

Home Cultures

Interior Design

JAPA: Journal of the American Planning Association

Journal of Architectural Education (JAE)

Journal of Architectural Engineering

Journal of Architecture

Journal of Landscape Architecture

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Journal of Urban Design

Landscape Journal


Lotus International




The PLAN: Architecture and Technologies in Detail


Planning Perspectives

Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme

Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD)

Texas Architect


Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review


Vernacular Architecture

*Based on the AASL (Association of Architecture School Librarians) core periodical list. (Last updated June 10, 2020)

Images & Media

Searching for images online

Citing images

The Colgate Visual Resources Library is an excellent guide for citing images. 

Borrowing films from the Library

The film collection includes DVDs screened as part of MSoA film series. 

Loan Period

14 days

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. 

Finding films online

  • NFB (National Film Board) ?

    Description: The NFB's online Screening Room features over 3,000 films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works (including) documentaries, animation, experimental films and fiction (with a Canadian context or perspective.) Faculty can activate additional CAMPUS tools on their personal NFB account to create playlists of film snippets ("chapters") and entire films for classes; contact Alain Lamothe ( for details.

Drawings & Maps

Print drawings

View lists of drawings held at the Architecture Library:

Online sources for drawings



Lenovo 300e Chromebook

Loan period: 1 week

How to borrow

Ask the staff at the Library front desk.

Physical computing


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. 

photo of architectural building materials samples

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. 

MasterFormat on Wikipedia

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 29,000+ material samples and is reflective of the current building and design markets with a particular focus on smart, emerging and sustainable materials and technologies. 

Citing Sources

Chicago style resources

Quick reference

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.


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.  


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.


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. 


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. 


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:
Author or screen name, “Title of Article,” Title of Blog (blog), creation date, URL.

Geist, Michael, “Canadian Copyright Reform in Force: Expanded User Rights Now the Law,” Michael Geist (blog), November 7, 2012, 

Managing citations with Zotero

Zotero is a free, web-based citation manager that allows you to: 

  • Directly import references from article databases, the library catalogue, e-book collections, etc.
  • Manage and organize your references.
  • Create a bibliography.
  • Share your references with others
  • Add in-text citation and a bibliography directly into your assignment 

To enable Zotero's Library Lookup service to find full-text documents licensed by Laurentian University, set Edit->Preferences->Advanced->General->Resolver to

Getting started with Zotero:

Academic Integrity for Students at Laurentian University

While working on your research papers and various written assignments, please be mindful to cite your sources and protect yourself against plagiarism. Please consult the Policy on Student Academic Integrity.

Thesis Resources

Laurentian M.Arch Theses

The Architecture Library has print copies of M.Arch Theses that can be consulted in the library. Ask the front desk staff to view any theses.

LU|ZONE|UL provides access to M.Arch theses online. 

University repositories

cIRcle (University of British Columbia)

CURVE - Carleton University Research Virtual Environment

eScholarship@McGill (McGill University)

Essais de fin d'études en architecture (Université Laval)

LU|ZONE|UL (Laurentian University)

MSpace (University of Manitoba)

Papyrus (Université de Montréal)

PRISM (University of Calgary)

RULA Digital Repository (Ryerson University)

UWSpace (University of Waterloo)

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. 


Stay tuned! Next year's book selection will be announced soon.


The book selected this year is Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. Drop by the Architecture Library to borrow a copy and join our book discussion in the Winter term led by Professor Tammy Gaber.


Angelou, Maya. I know why the caged bird sings. New York: Ballantine Books, 2015.


Ondaatje, Michael. In the Skin of a Lion. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1996.


Sakamoto, Kerri. Floating City: a novel. Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018.


Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. London: Vintage, 1997.


Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose. Boston: Mariner Books, 2014.

The Name of the Rose. Film. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2004.



Follett, Ken. The Pillars of the Earth. New York, NY: New American Library, 2014.