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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

AIADO | HPres Research Guide

Can't Find the Book/Article You're Looking For?

Check out our How to Request Unavailable Resources page for instructions to identify your options. If it's an a book that isn't in I-Share or an article that isn't in the Library Search, fill out the Interlibrary Loan form next. Physical items usually arrive in 1-2 weeks, PDFs take a few days! 

Where to Find Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects & Historic Preservation Books

The Library Search is a Great Starting Point for Books

Use the search box below to search almost everything the library has to offer, or visit the library homepage. Checkout the How to Find Books [link to guide page] page in this guide for step-by-step directions!

Consider these pre-made searches for Architecture: architecture 21st century  |  building materials 

For Interior Architecture: interior design (includes interior decoration) | interior architecture

For Designed Objects: designers objects | industrial design

For Historic Preservation: historic siteshistoric preservation management


Borrowing Books Beyond SAIC

If you are seeking books that are unavailable in the library catalog, we recommend first checking if it can be requested through I-Share (linked below). If you aren't sure how to request books from I-Share, follow these instructions. If that does not work, the next step is to fill out the Interlibrary Loan form (ILL). You can search WorldCat (link below) to find books from other libraries. Library staff will do everything we can to get materials for current SAIC faculty, students, and staff through ILL when not available through I-Share. You can also explore this full list of locations (both near, far, and online) where you can find books.

Want to explore more books? Check out these catalogs and online platforms:

eBook Collections

Select Titles in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects