It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Need research help or want to discuss a project? Contact the Art Library any time, or stop by in person any time we are open. We look forward to working with you!
You can use this guide to help you find many of the resources the Architecture Reading Room at Northwestern University Libraries has to offer. Located on the third floor of the historic Charles Deering Library, the Architecture Reading Room features general books on architectural history, many rare 19th- and early-20th-century architectural periodicals, and quiet reading space.
Access point for the Grove Dictionary of Art and several Oxford reference sources on art and architecture. The Grove Dictionary of Art is the most complete encyclopedia of art available in English, featuring nearly 50,000 articles on a variety of topics including art movements, artists biographies, and countries. Articles are signed, include brief bibliographies, and images. Images are searchable and made available through Oxfords partnerships with museums, galleries and arts organizations.
The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicalsindexesarticles published in U.S. and foreign journals 1930-present coveringinternational, scholarly and popular periodical literature on the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. It also provides citation records for architects' obituaries.Subjects include architecture, city planning, conservation and restoration, interior design, museums, and sustainable design.
Artstor is a digital image library that provides over 1.6 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from around the globe and across time periods. Included are images from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. Register for free with the site to access its full range of services.
More Architectural History Reference Sources
Other good places to start familiarizing yourself with architectural history topics are online reference sources.
Oxford Art Online, our subscription resources mentioned above, is one (the best) general art/architecture reference source. Here are a few other good online reference sources in architecture -- these can all be found online for free:
An online database with information on more than 65,000 built and unrealized projects from various architects and planners, mainly 20th century. You can look up projects by architect, town, or keyword, and results are presented in a wiki-style form (freely available online to all).
70,000 openly accessible and shareable core records for works of architecture and the built environment compiled by the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, Artstor, and the Getty Research Institute (freely available online to all).
A scholarly research tool that includes textual and visual sources and points the researcher towards analytical issues associated with representing the interior since the Renaissance in Western Europe and North America (freely available online to all).
A commercial site that provides profiles of selected architects, searchable by country, region, and role, especially useful for finding information on architectural firms around the world (freely available online to all).
How Can the Library Help You?
Have a recommendation for acquisition? Ideas for this guide, or the Art Library's other services?