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Hunting in the Library

Books: Architecture and Construction

Avery Hill library The Library Catalogue contains all the books currently held in the University Libraries. Part 1 of the Guide to using the Library catalogue gives advice on searching, and there are context sensitive Help screens available on the catalogue itself.

Your reading lists may be available on the catalogue. To check, select View items from your reading lists from the Catalogue and search by keyword, tutor or course code.

Once the book has been found on the catalogue and the location and shelf mark have been noted, books held in your home Library can be found on the shelves. Some catalogue records contain a graphic consisting of an e on a red background: by clicking on this you can access the online version of the book. (Please note that this facility is not available from catalogues in the Library as they are not linked to the internet.)

The Reservations section of the General Library guide gives information about reserving books and obtaining books from other sites. Part 2 of the Guide to using the Library catalogue deals with reserving books online (as well as managing your account and reading list information).

To obtain books not held in the Library, see the Interlibrary loans guide.

Contact: David Sheldrick


Journals: Architecture and Construction

The Library catalogue provides information on all of the printed and many of the electronic journals to which the Library service subscribes. Please see the associated presentation on how to search the catalogue. If you have any difficulties, please consult any member of Library staff.

To identify and retrieve relevant journal articles, you should search one or more of the available databases.

Contact: David Sheldrick

Databases: Architecture and Construction

A database is a searchable collection of records. Most of the databases subscribed to by the Information and Library Services are bibliographical. The records in this type of database are usually full-text journal articles and/or references to articles.

A full list of available databases, and access to most of them, is provided through the e-Library section of the Library & Computing page on the University of Greenwich Portal.

The databases listed below have been identified as the most relevant for your courses.

Help Files (often PowerPoint presentations) are available for all these products. In addition, Avery Hill Library run one hour workshops on using the electronic information products – ask at the Library Help Desk for details.

Contact: David Sheldrick

Web Sites: Architecture and Construction

Other Libraries

The Library Service participates in several formal schemes that enable University of Greenwich students and staff to access the library facilities of many other institutions. The principal national scheme is SCONUL Access, which may be used by undergraduates, postgraduates and academic and research staff.

A wide range of regional, national and international libraries and, where relevant, their catalogues and access policies, are listed on our External Libraries & Catalogues page.

The following list describes certain additional libraries with especially strong collections in your subject.

Architectural Association Library
Lots of useful information and links.
British Library Map Collection
Gives details of various collections.
Geological Society of London Library
Contains worldwide coverage of geological maps.
Goldsmiths College
They allow University of Greenwich students to use the library for reference purposes, as long as a University Student ID Card is produced as evidence of identification. They are members of SCONUL.
Landscape Institute Library
Small, but the collection is dedicated to Landscape Architecture. Their Archive collection is being greatly expanded, and will eventually be on the catalogue. There is a new, online catalogue. Members can borrow. Student membership is £30 p.a. An essential source for Landscape students.
RIBA Library
including the RIBA online catalogue. From January 2005, student membership is free. An application form can be downloaded. An essential source for Architecture students.
RICS Library
You need your RICS membership number to access the Library catalogue. Free membership for students. A membership form can be downloaded. An essential source for all Construction based courses.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Access to the Library restricted to researchers only, by prior appointment.
Royal Geographical Society
Holds maps and various expeditionary type materials. The Foyle Reading Room gives access to the catalogues, and is free to students.
Royal Horticultural Society Libraries
Royal Town Planning Institute library
Reference collection only, by appointment.



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