Architecture and urban planning

Providing access to quality architecture and urban planning resources and subject support.

Databases View more

Here are the key databases/online resources to start finding information in your subject area. Click on 'View more' to go to the full listing for the Library, and use the filters to find more for this subject and others.

Architect's journal (AJ)

Covers industry news as well as building studies with technical details and drawings

Register with your Loughborough e-mail address and log-in. Click My AJ, then select Digital Editions


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AJ Buildings Library

Architect’s journal resource covering thousands of exemplar projects, most from the last 20 years but including major projects back to 1900.

Register for access to Architect’s Journal with your Loughborough e-mail address before visiting the site. Sign in with the same details.


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Architectural Review

A selection of the best architectural ideas in the world

Architectural review is available in two formats covering three different time periods all accessible via the Libary catalogue.

Construction Information Service

Publications from industry and government organisations including BRE, BSRIA, CIOB, CIBSE, CIRIA, Highways Agency and Transport Research Laboratory.

Our subscription does not include British Standards. Please see the British Standards (BSOL) entry listed further down the page for information about access and downloading documents.


An online map and data delivery service which offers a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological, LiDAR and marine maps and spatial data.

Click on login and enter Loughborough as the institution you would like to sign in with. Choose Loughborough University from the list NOT Loughborough University (ATHENS).  You will be asked to complete a registration form the first time you use this service.

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British Standards (BSOL)

A standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards.

To log in please click on the Institutional login link, select Loughborough University from the list and log in with your usual University credentials. Please note BSOL documents can only be opened with a plug-in installed on your device (File Open). The File Open plug-in has been installed on University lab machines and is available via the Software Centre to those using the University’s managed desktop service. To download it onto your own device the BSI have provided this guide  Please be aware that the FileOpen plug-in does not support opening encrypted PDFs in-browser. In order to view the PDF, it must be opened in Adobe PDF viewer, FileOpen viewer, or similar PDF viewer applications. Please see section 3 of the guide for further information.

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Books E-books Catalogue

You can access books and e-books via the Catalogue (also known as Library Catalogue Plus) to search for and check their availability. The Catalogue also provides links to e-books and displays the shelf marks of physical books in the Library. We have detailed the shelf marks of the most popular topics below (the level is for the Library in Loughborough).

Subject / title Pilkington level Shelfmark
Urban planning and development 2 307.1
Urban communities 2 307.76
Transportation 2 388
Area planning 2 711
Architectural materials 2 721
Architectural design 2 729
Architecture from different periods 2 722-724
Structural design 1 624.177
Building science 1 690

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Frequently asked questions View more

Here are some of the most popular questions asked by students in this subject. If you have a different question, check 'View more' or ask your Academic Librarian.

How can I improve my writing style?

If you would like help with your writing style, the Academic Language Support Service offer workshops which might take place within your modules or which you can sign up to attend separately.  You can also visit Learn module LUA001: Study Skills for some useful tips and guidance.

How do I reference correctly? (Architecture and urban planning students)

The recommended style for students in Architecture and urban planning is usually Cite Them Right Harvard. A guide is available here.  Please note that it is essential that you always check which referencing style you should use for a piece of work with your department or module tutor.