This library contains more than 50,000 books from five centuries. The main focus is on source texts, especially on architectural theory, the history of art and architecture, and the related disciplines of archaeology, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics and theology. They are supplemented by a vast collection of books from the fields of architecture, art and culture dating from the last two centuries. It is a public research library that is run in cooperation with ETH Zurich.
Link Library Oechslin: Bibliothek-Oechslin.ch
University of Heidelberg: Books on architecture and garden design - digitized
The University Library of Heidelberg holds an important collection of historical books (late 15th through the early 19th century) on architecture and garden design, which we endeavour to make available on the Internet at no charge. The collection of books on architecture – among them rare and precious illustrated editions from Italy, France, Germany and other European countries- includes architectural tracts and Säulenbücher, meant as pattern books for the contemporary architects.
KVK - Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog
The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog KVK is a meta search interface which allows you to access library and book trade catalogs online via Internet. KVK starts a simultaneous search in the catalogs and gives you a standardized hit list.
CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an international research centre and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern.
The CCA holds one of the world’s foremost international research collections of publications, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, related artefacts and ephemera, archives and oral histories of individual architects
Getty Research Institute
The Getty Research Institute library collections include over one million books, periodicals, study photographs, and auction catalogs as well as extensive special collections of rare and unique materials. Focusing on art history, architecture, and related fields, they begin with the archaeology of prehistory and extend to the contemporary moment.
Royal Institute of British Architects - RIBA
The Royal Institute of British Architects website provides many useful tools: databases, an architect directory and online catalog of the Institute.
RIBA library, with over four million items, it is one of the three largest architectural libraries in the world and the largest in Europe
Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB)
The goal of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is to offer everyone unrestricted access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany. As a central, national portal, the DDB is aiming to bring together and network digital content from all of Germany’s cultural and scientific institutions. The fact that this entire wealth of information is now at our fingertips, centrally accessible to anyone who can use a PC workstation with an Internet connection, independent of time and location, constitutes a fundamental improvement to our opportunities in the areas of research, education and the economy.
Vitra Design Museum
The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. In the main museum building by Frank Gehry, the museum annually mounts two major temporary exhibitions. Smaller parallel shows are presented in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, a neighbouring exhibition space. Often developed with renowned designers, many of the museum’s exhibitions cover highly relevant contemporary themes, such as future technologies, sustainability or questions like mobility and social awareness. Others address historical aspects or protagonists.
The work of the Vitra Design Museum is based on its collection, which encompasses not only key objects of design history, but also the estates of several important figures (including Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard).