Avery Classics Collection
The Avery Classics Collection is the rare book collection of Avery Library and one of the largest architectural rare book collections in the world.
It contains approximately 35,000 printed volumes published over seven centuries, from Leon Battista Alberti’s De re aedificatoria (1485) to the recent limited edition Glenn Murcutt: Architect (2006). The Classics collection also has important holdings of graphic suites, periodicals, manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, and printed ephemera. Its strengths reflect the Library’s original subject scope, established by Avery’s founders in 1890, that is, architecture, archaeology, and the decorative arts.
All Avery books that were produced before 1801 are in Classics. The collection also includes significant editions of major works created after 1800, as well as works that possess distinctive physical characteristics, such as special bindings, exceptional printing, innovative design, autograph inscriptions, or other signs of former ownership.
Notable special collections within Classics are the Trade Catalog Collection, which is one of the largest collections of catalogs of the American building trades anywhere, and the American View Book Collection, which includes books, pamphlets, and brochures that document cities, towns, and buildings throughout the United States.
Consulting the Collection
AVERY CLASSICS SPRING 2014
Due to ongoing renovations, the Avery Classics reading room will remain closed. Regular reading hours are suspended as of January 21, 2014. We regret this inconvenience and hope to reopen reader services after spring break.
During this time, Avery Classics staff will continue to support the use of the collection for course-related instruction. Faculty members wishing to use materials in their classes should submit requests to:
Requests for photographic services, permissions to publish, and requests for loans to exhibitions may also be submitted to:
Avery Classics (Rare Book) Reading Room (Room 234)
Reading Room Policies
- Reader registration
All Avery Classics readers, including affiliates, must complete a reader registration form, valid for the academic calendar year, upon arrival at the Classics (Rare Book) Reading Room.
- Photo identification cards
Readers must present traceable photo identification card, such as a valid passport, driver’s license, or card. Photo ID cards are held while material is in use.
- Briefcases, large purses, bags, coats, and umbrellas must be checked with the Reading Room attendant.
- Pencils or laptops only are permitted for note taking. No photocopying or scanning (except theses and dissertations).
- For personal use
At the discretion of the attendant in the Classics collections, readers may photograph items for personal reference. Use of tripods and flash is prohibited.
- For publication
For terms and conditions, consult Photographic Services and Fees. Photography may not be possible due to physical condition of items; publication may not be possible due to copyright restrictions.