Library Services


Built Environment

Book collections

The Built Environment book collection is in the Bartlett Library on the ground floor of Central House. This collection houses material covering all of the Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment's teaching and research interests, including architecture, planning, development planning, construction and project management, sustainable heritage, energy, sustainable resources and environmental design and engineering.

There may also be relevant material elsewhere, for example material dealing with cities, development and urban planning can be found in the Geography collection on the 1st floor of the Science Library. The Science Library also houses project management material in the Management collection (2nd floor) and items dealing with building technology in the Engineering collection (4th floor). There is also some architecture material in the Art collection in the Main Library.

All our books can be found via Explore (see the search box on this page); use the Library Catalogue filter to search for books by author/title. E-books can also be found via Explore and should be searched for in the same way as printed material (you will need your computing username and password for off-campus access).

Some older and lower use books are not kept on the open shelves, but instead must be ordered in advance using our Stores service. Store books can be requested online using Explore and are usually available for collection from the Science Library within one working day.

For more help, see our Getting Started guide for information on finding books and borrowing items.

Journal collections

Most of our built environment journals are available online although some print issues are also available in the Bartlett Library.

To find e-journals search Explore using the UCL journals filter and follow the View online or SFX links. Alternatively, a full list of e-journals is available.

Where held in print, the location of the journal can be found by searching Explore. Older print issues are held in Store and can be requested. Print journals cannot be borrowed but instead can be photocopied or scanned in the library.

Online resources

We have access to a large number of bibliographic databases at UCL. Search these to find literature or research on particular topics. Most are available offsite using your UCL username and password.

A complete list of built environment databases can be accessed via the Library's database pages. The following are just a selection of those we subscribe to:

Indexes, abstracts and full text collections

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals a database of journal articles on the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration.
  • Art Source full-text art database also covering architecture and architectural design.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS) a full text-resource providing access to standards, regulatory and advisory documents for the UK construction industry. Includes access to the Building Regulations.
  • GEOBASE a bibliographic and abstracting database covering human geography, development studies, planning and urban studies.
  • IConDa covers worldwide technical literature relating to all aspects of planning and construction including appropriate technologies for developing countries, building conservation & design, energy conservation, project planning and management.
  • Proquest Art, Design and Architecture Collection including the Design and Applied Arts Index
  • RIBA Library Catalogue catalogue of items held by the library of the Royal Institute of British Architects but which also includes details of journal articles and book chapters. The premier source for literature on British Architecture in particular.
  • RUDI (Resource for Urban Development International) web resource dedicated to urban development, design guidance and place-making.
  • SCOPUS multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources. For further information see the online tutorials at SCOPUS.
  • Web of Science multi-disciplinary databas providing access to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the Social Sciences Citation Index.

Data collections

  • BCIS (Building Cost Information Service) a database of elemental cost analyses for over 16,000 building projects, plus lifecycle cost information.
  • Digimap online digital mapping and data extraction facilities using Ordnance Survey data of Great Britain.
  • Emporis Research detailed information on buildings and companies worldwide allowing searches by location, type, status or usage of a building
  • FAME company data from the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Image databases

These resources contain high quality, copyright cleared images for use in education. Bridgeman Education is particularly comprehensive.

Films, documentaries, lectures

The Bartlett Library houses a collection of DVDs, including relevant feature films, documentaries and some Bartlett lecture series. These can be found via Explore and are generally available for either two day or week loan.

In addition, the Library also provides access to Pidgeon Digital, an AV collection of illustrated talks by architects and related designers.

UCL Library Services also provides access to BoB National (Box of Broadcasts), an online archive of television and radio programmes dating from 2007.


Bibliographic Software such as Endnote can be used to store and manage your references, create formatted bibliographies and de-duplicate your search results. For more information on using this software please see the library guide to Endnote and/or our training module in Moodle WISE


In addition to the theses collections held by UCL Library Services, the Bartlett Library holds examples of dissertations for some of the built environment postgraduate programmes. Please contact the Bartlett Library for further information.

General Resources

The British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects is one of the most important collection of architectural materials in the world. The collections include books and journals, drawings, archives and photographs covering architectural law and practice, architectural history, building types, the architecture of specific countries or regions, sustainability and town planning. Entry is free to the public.

The British Library is a useful resource and all UCL staff and students can apply directly for reference access.

There is also more information about using other libraries including accessing other libraries within the University of London and links to other library catalogues. 

A wide range of training and support is available for members of staff and students. Please feel free to contact me directly for assistance or to make an appointment. Information Skills training for individuals or groups can also be arranged by request.

In addition:
  • The ISD Service Desk is located on the ground floor of the Science Library and can be contacted for enquiries regarding your computer accounts, email, etc. ISD also provide IT training and resources, and an email address for questions about bibliographic software: biblio-support@ucl.ac.uk
  • Training is available for research students via the UCL Doctoral School, including information skills sessions run by library staff.

Library Services offers a variety of research support services in order to assist researchers. For further information please contact me directly using the contact details to the right.