Architectural Association LibraryFounded in 1862, the Library holds more than 45,000 volumes on the history of architecture, architectural theory, contemporary architectural design, building types, interior design, landscape design and supplementary subjects. In addition to the most up-to-date publications, it houses rare and early works, plus special collections of material on the Modern Movement, international exhibitions and the history of architectural education at the AA. The Library’s online resources and databases are extensive; its e-journals and e-book collections also continue to expand. The Library receives print editions of around 150 architectural, art and technical journals, and holds a substantial number of important historical journals, including Wendingen and L’Architecture Vivante.
SUMMER VACATION LIBRARY OPENING HOURSMonday 30 June – Friday 25 July : open 10-6, closed Saturdays
Monday 28 July – Sunday 31 August : closed
Monday 1 September – Friday 26 September : open 10-6, closed Saturdays
Normal term-time hours resume Monday 29 September : open 10-9, Saturday 11-5
PROGRAMME BOOK LOANS OVER SUMMER VACATIONDuring the summer vacation programme books can be borrowed over each weekend
from Friday 4pm to Monday 12midday.
From Thursday 24 July programme books can be borrowed over the library summer closure
and must be returned by 12midday on Monday 1 September.
Two programme books per person, no normal ‘reference ‘ books, no tutors own books,
no interlibrary loans.
Library GuidesThe following guides are available for download (PDF format):
Shelf Locations Plan
Using the library catalogue
Finding journal articles and journals
Advanced searching techniques
Finding and using Ebooks
Library PoliciesThe Library's loan, reference and information services are available to staff and students of the AA School and members of the Association. Please see the AA Membership webpage for further details. New members, please allow 24 hours before your library account is activated.
Loan PoliciesUndergraduate students - 10 items
Graduate students - 12 items
Staff - 12 items
Members - 8 items
Loan items can normally be borrowed for a period of up to three weeks. Programme books can be borrowed from 3pm Saturdays until 12pm Mondays.
Book ReservationsBooks can be reserved in person at the library issue desk, by telephone, email or via the online catalogue. Only those books which are currently out on loan can be reserved. An email will be sent when the reserved item is available for collection. Reserved items will be kept for 10 working days at the issue desk.
Library Bookstore CollectionBookstore items requested before Midday should be available in the afternoon. Books requested after Midday will be available in the afternoon of the following week day. Please note there are no bookstore collections on Saturdays.
Book RenewalsBooks can be renewed in person at the library issue desk, by telephone, email or via the online catalogue using the requests tab.
The only exceptions to this rule are:
1) If someone else has reserved the book.
2) If you have already renewed the book twice consecutively.
3) If you owe more than £5 in estimated fines.
AA ThesesAA Theses can be searched via the online catalogue by selecting the 'AA Theses' search on the right hand side. Theses are located both in the library and in the bookstore, which need to be requested in advance. They can only be used between 10:00-17:50, Monday-Friday. Photocopying, scanning and photography is strictly forbidden.
Overdue BooksOverdue material is charged at the following rates: loan items 10p per day, per item; Programme Books £5 per day (deadline for return: 12pm Mondays). Overdue notices will be sent out on Mondays by email. It is the responsibility of students and members to ensure that the AA Registrar or Membership Office holds their current email and street address.
Lost BooksIf a book has been lost, it is important that the Library be informed of this as soon as possible. The normal overdue fines and procedure will apply to lost items if the Library has not been informed of the loss. It is the user's responsibility to replace any lost items to a time schedule set by the Library, otherwise a processing fee of £50 per item will apply.