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Architecture: Architecture Reading Room

This guide presents resources on various aspects of architecture including history, theory, design and technology.





Summer 2017 Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sat: closed

Sun: closed

Exceptions: Monday, May 29; Tuesday, July 4


Regular Academic Year Hours:

Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Fri:  9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Sat: 10 a.m.- 6p.m.

Sun: 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.











Contact Information

Location:Third floor of Slocum Hall. The Architecture Reading Room occupies three rooms at the front of the building: Services area (circulation, reserves, reference) Main Collections Room and the Working Drawings Room.


Email Us: -- general queries -- reference and collection specific matters

Circulation Policies

The Architecture Reading Room is open to all Syracuse University and ESF students, faculty, staff and other registered borrowers. Visitors are welcome to consult materials in-house.

Reserve Stacks: 2 hour loan, 1 renewal

General stacks: 1 week, 1 renewal

Current Periodicals: 2 hour loan, 1 renewal

Working Drawings: Do not circulate. Requests for paper and/or digital copies should be directed to ARR staff. Please allow at least 48 hours for fulfillment of these requests. Payment is required before pick-up of all copies. Paper copies costs average about $1.50 per sheet. Digital copy costs will be higher.

 Materials:  1 day, 1 renewal


The Architecture Reading Room is equipped with the following:

  • 1 Quick Look-up Station to access the SU Library catalog
  • networked computer workstations accessed by logging in with the SU issued Net ID. These workstations are Internet ready, have print capabilities and are loaded with the newest license for Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • non-networked large format color scanners for use with a USB device.
  • A black and white photocopier (10 cents per page) and a color copier (85 cents per page). Both photocopiers also use the Plus Account.


  • Reference assistance. The architecture librarian, Barbara Opar, provides reference support to the ARR.

  • Course reserves. (Print Materials or Digital Access)

  • Access to the Internet, Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. 

  • Photocopiers and scanners.





The Architecture Reading Room, located on the third floor of Slocum Hall, serves the needs of the School of Architecture, the faculty, and its students for quick access to course reserves, current periodical titles, reference and other core works. The Architecture Reading Room is open the public and the SU and ESF community.


Reserve Collection: Permanent reserve (core materials) and course specific reserve books have a two hour circulation period.



Stacks: The general stack collection of over 5,000 volumes includes basic surveys, monographs on key figures in architecture, building type studies and technology resources. The loan period is a week. 



Current Periodical Titles: Titles are kept in the ARR for six months to a year. Each issue is barcoded and circulates for two hours. Please refer to the Architectural Periodicals tab for a list of titles held.  





Working Drawings: The Architecture Reading Room houses a largely print-based collection of over 300 sets of architectural working drawings. These do not circulate. For details, please refer to the Architectural Working Drawings tab.

Materials: The Reading Room holds a collection of physical material samples, including a variety of wood, stone, tile, plastics and acrylics, fabric, metals, and more.  These are stored on shelves in the Working Drawings Room and have a 1 day loan period.  Please refer to the Materials tab for more information.

Oversize: Oversize books are located in the white cabinets in the Main Collections Room. The loan period is 2 hours.   

Theses: B+ and award-winning student theses are available online for viewing via SURFACE