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University of Texas at Austin
Architecture and Planning Library - Battle Hall

302 Inner Campus Dr
Austin Texas 78712


Number of staff: 5

The Architectural Collections at the University of Texas Libraries form a nationally recognized architectural research center on campus and is considered one of the University of Texas Libraries? collections of distinction. The UT Libraries advances teaching, fuels research, and energizes learning through world-renowned collections and digital content, innovative services, programs, and partnerships to develop critical thinkers and global citizens that transforms lives. All students, faculty, staff and citizen scholars have convenient access to literature, information, and visual and digital resources that support professional education in architecture and related design disciplines. Our collections are housed in the historic Battle Hall which served as the university’s first dedicated library building from 1911-1936.

The Architecture & Planning Library Special Collections contains over 20,000 volumes of rare, unique, and contextually significant publications. The special collections continue to develop through generous donations of the personal collections of architectural historians and architecture firms, as well as selective purchases.

The Alexander Architectural Archives is one of the largest architectural repositories in the country. The Alexander’s holdings reflect the work and scholarship of architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, preservationists, historians, professors, and businesses in the industry.

Collection Policy
Architecture and planning collections provide information for teaching, conducting research, and developing critical thinking skills necessary for professional practice and lifelong learning. The collection supports faculty, students, and staff within the UT School of Architecture in areas including: architectural design, theory, history, and criticism, historic preservation, building technology, landscape architecture, interior design, sustainable design, urban design, and community and regional planning. The School offers graduate education through the master’s level in interior design and urban design, and through the Ph.D. level in architecture and community and regional planning, for which areas of research focus include history of architecture and landscape architecture, historic preservation, and sustainability. Collaborative collection development efforts reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the School of Architecture.

Emphasis is placed on English, Spanish and other European languages, but other languages are collected as appropriate to support to the programs in the School of Architecture. Geographical coverage is worldwide, with special concern for Texas, the Southwest United States, and Latin America.

Electronic and print format materials are collected to meet the needs of users. The Architecture and Planning Library contains a large circulating collection, subject specific journals, special collections of rare or unique publications, and the Alexander Architectural Archives.

The Alexander Architectural Archives collects documents involved in the management of an architectural firm, the development of a design through the finished product, and the reflection of lives of architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, preservationists, historians, professors, and businesses in the industry.

Materials currently collected by the library and archives meet the curricular needs of the UT School of Architecture’s programs and enable faculty and students to undertake original research projects. The library and archives collections additionally support research in history, art history, American Studies, anthropology, and engineering.

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The Architecture & Planning Library is a learning lab for multi-disciplinary study of the built environment, providing hybrid collections of print and digital materials. While international in scope, the collections contain significant materials on the built environment in Texas, the Southwest United States, and Latin America.

The Architecture & Planning Library and Alexander Architectural Archives are part of a network of information resources at UT, including the School of Architecture’s Visual Resources Collection and Materials Lab, the Briscoe Center for American History and the Harry Ransom Center, and the UT Libraries distinctive collections. The strength of our distinctive collections and significant opportunities for digital scholarship enable deep collaborations between the School of Architecture and the UT Libraries.


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