The Shaw and Stone Library, founded when the 320 Newbury Street building opened in 1966, owns approximately 44,000 books (15,000 of which are kept off-site) and subscribes to over 120 journal titles. Subjects of primary focus include architectural, interior and landscape design, urban planning, design history, theory, and criticism, materials and structures, and sustainable design. The Library also holds a large collection of applicable codes and standards. Periodicals include a range of scholarly journals, trade publications and popular magazines of related interest.
The Library maintains a collection of Thesis Documents submitted as partial fulfillment of graduation requirements of the BAC. These documents are shelved in chronological order along the low central room divider. They may be located by searching the catalog by author, title, subject, name of thesis advisor, and "Commend" honors. It is possible to limit your search in the catalog to only search through this collection. Thesis Documents do not circulate.
Closed Stacks books are kept in the Library office and may be requested by call number at the circulation desk. These books have been placed on permanent reserve because they are fragile and/or out of print, and therefore impossible to replace. Some of the most interesting and important books in the collection are in the Closed Stacks, so please don't hesitate to ask for them. These books must be used in the Library; they do not circulate under any circumstance.
Books and materials that have been placed on reserve at an instructor's request are also kept behind the circulation desk. All Course Reserve material is in the online catalog, and may be found through the "Course Reserve" search either by the instructor's name or the course title. Reserve books should be requested by their call numbers and titles. Course Reserve books and materials do not leave the library since the intent is to give a large number of students the same equal opportunity of using material without the necessity of purchasing it. However if a student leaves two forms of identification, material may be taken down to the 4th floor computer lab at 320 Newbury Street or to a classroom within 320 Newbury for a period of 3 hours. Otherwise, Course Reserve books and materials do not leave the library except when the instructor has granted explicit permission.
The Library subscribes to over 120 journals and holds back issues of many additional titles. Most current issues of journals are displayed in the main reading room; back issues are arranged alphabetically in the stacks immediately following the reference collection. A few titles, both current and back issues, are kept in the Closed Stacks, and may be requested at the circulation desk. The list of Journal Holdings is available online. Periodicals do not circulate.
The Library maintains a vertical file of newspaper clippings, brochures, and ephemera. These materials are identified in the catalog. Please ask at the circulation desk for assistance in retrieving items.