Avery Library's Research Collections contain books and periodicals on architecture, historic preservation, art history, painting, sculpting, graphic arts, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology, from all areas of the world and covering all time periods. It is an open stack collection housed in Avery Library and ReCAP, Columbia University Libraries offsite storage facility. The Avery Collection (architecture and related topics) and Fine Arts Collection (painting, sculpture, drawing, etc.) are both in-library use only, but the majority of the Avery-LC Collection (all topics in Avery Library’s scope acquired 2011 or after) circulates.
Avery librarians compile guides to our extensive research collections, listed here.