Architecture: Recommended Resources

Architecture at Virginia Tech refers to the profession of designing and constructing buildings as well as to the structure or building itself. The literature concerning architecture is incredibly diverse, ranging from scholarly analyses to building codes

This Research Guide supports the Architecture program at Virginia Tech which seeks to develop students who are creatively independent, enterprising, and inventive, who have the ability to order and structure intellectual difficulties, and the skills, judgement, and desire to make lasting contributions to society.


The libraries e-book collections are all accessible through Discovery or curated by subject in the links below. Use the ebook search tool to find online access to specific titles.


Almost all e-books can be found using the Libraries search box and limiting the Format option to "eBook".


Library Resources

Below is a list of library databases that can aid in architecture design research. An exhaustive list of library databases can be found here


Material Resources


Mapping Resources

In addition to the digital resources linked below, physical maps are house in Newman Library and the Art & Architecture Library. They can be searched for using Discovery search. For assistance, get in touch with a librarian!

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Sarah Stanley
Art & Architecture Library
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Interlibrary Loan Services

All current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, regardless of your location, may request through ILLiad for materials:

  • not owned by Virginia Tech (books, articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)
  • owned by Virginia Tech but are unavailable for use (print books)
  • owned by Virginia Tech and available in print (scans of articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)

We ship requests via UPS to users outside the immediate Blacksburg area (Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski counties).

Articles, book chapters, and many technical papers are delivered in PDF format to your ILLiad account. Occasionally, due to copyright restrictions, a paper copy of an article or standard is held for your at the Newman User Services Desk or sent o the mailing address listed on your account.

RSMeans Online

The Art & Architecture Library provides access to RSMeans Online. Email Sarah Over,, for login information.

Print copies of the most recent editions are available on Reserve.