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Syracuse University Libraries

Architecture: Resources for the New York City Architecture Program

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

Overview of access options


Architecture and New York City Libraries


Syracuse University Libraries


Students in the NYC studio have off-site access to the SU Libraries catalog and electronic databases. The Libraries is not able to send books to students, though upon request book chapters or periodical articles within copyright will be scanned and sent electronically. This process is handled through the ILL/delivery system. Please allow 48 hours turnaround time. At present, students should use the regular ILL form to make a book chapter scan request. The same process applies to periodical articles.

Students are also able to remotely access SUL subscription full-text databases like JSTOR as well as citation databases like the Avery Index. Use of the Avery Index will enable students to locate information which then may be scanned through SUL or located at NYC libraries.

Periodical articles not held by the Syracuse University Libraries can be obtained through regular Interlibrary Loan procedures.

Students needing reference assistance for their research should email Barbara Opar at Citations will be provided and within copyright periodical articles or book chapters will then be scanned and provided to the students to help facilitate their work. Please allow 48 hours.

New York Public Library: access and circulation of select items


Any person who lives, works, attends school or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge.

Students may either apply online or in person at any New York Public Library location or Library sponsored event.

A valid identification must be presented before using the card to borrow materials, download eNYPL content, search Library databases, or reserve a computer.

In-person applicants and online applicants who reside in the New York Metropolitan Area (the five boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties), must present an accepted form of identification when picking up the card.

Library card applicants from areas of NY State outside of the Metro NY area may email scans or copies of the required forms of identification to Alternatively, this information may be faxed to (212) 621-0278.

Patrons are responsible for returning borrowed items on time, and for any fines and fees associated with overdue or non-returned items. A receipt indicating the date due is issued with every item borrowed.

Please note that the Library card alone does not allow access to certain Special Collections; check with the appropriate division for details.

Reference Assistance

Need help using Syracuse University Libraries' architecture or related resources? Have a reference question related to locating resources or finding information about an architect or NYC building? Reference assistance is available via email by contacting Barbara Opar at




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City College Architecture Library: access and reference assistance

Syracuse Architecture studio program visitors are welcome to use the collections and services of CCNY Architecture Library during regular posted library hours.

Students and faculty must have a valid Syracuse University ID and must sign in upon arrival at the Public Safety Desk adjacent to the library’s first floor location in the Spritzer School of Architecture Building (141 Convent Avenue), located on CCNY’s south Campus at the corner of 135th Street and Convent Avenue. Public Safety will alert the library staff to the arrival of approved visitors.

Syracuse visitors may use the Architecture Library’s collection including Reserve items which require that the faculty member’s or student’s Syracuse ID be left at the library’s Reserve Desk until items are returned. They may also use the library’s public computers, copiers and printers and they will have
access to reference assistance.

Syracuse faculty and students have no borrowing or Inter-Library Loan privileges, no off-site access to the library’s electronic databases.

The School of Architecture at Syracuse University is charged a flat fee of $35.00 per student per semester once the student has used the City College Architecture Library the first time.

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University: access only

Because Syracuse University Library is a member of SHARES, faculty, students and staff have on-site access to Avery collections and services.

SU faculty/students/staff should first present their valid SU ID and driver’s license to Butler Library, where they will be issued a pass that can be used in the Columbia libraries. Photo identification may be requested if the ID does not include a photograph.

In-library use of material is permitted, but SHARES members are not granted borrowing privileges.

Visitors will receive the same degree of access accorded their peers at the host institution; for example, visiting faculty will be granted local faculty privileges.

Access to special or restricted collections or materials may be possible if arranged in advance.

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