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Architecture: Collection Guidelines: Architecture: Subject Info

Subject Guide for Architecture and Architectural History Students.

About this Guide

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Architecture Collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus). 

For questions or more information, please contact Head, Built Environments Library (

UW Libraries Collection Goals

The UW Libraries is committed to providing convenient and timely access to collections and information resources that are outstanding with respect to their quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the University of Washington.

Subject Definition

Architecture combines art and science to provide safe, utilitarian, and, psychologically satisfying enclosures, protecting a range of human activities from the elements. The architect reinterprets shifting conceptions of beauty using contemporary technologies to conceive, build, support and sheath new forms of shelter. At its best, architecture, like art, provokes the user to reconsider her or his place vis-à-vis the natural world and with prevailing conventions and expectations.

Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification (LC):


D: History

F: Local History of the Americas

GV: Recreation Leisure

HD: Industries

HE: Transportation and Communication

HT: Communities

KF: United States Law

LD: United States Education

N: Visual Arts

NA: Architecture

NK: Decorative Arts

SB: Horticulture

T: Technology

TA: Civil Engineering

TD: Environmental Technology

TH: Building Construction

TJ: Mechanical Engineering and Machinery

TR: Photography

WX: Hospital Administration

Z: Bibliography and Library Science