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Architecture: Guide to Avery Index and Finding Plans

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2022 11:34 AM

Guide to Avery Index - Finding Floor Plans


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

To locate the floor plans, find the journal by looking for the call number in the Bound Periodicals/Journals section in APL. There is a scanner on the 3rd floor and on the 1st floor.

Detail Inspiration database and ARTstor

Detail Inspiration is a database to find floor plans/sections/elevations on projects that are published in DETAIL magazine. All articles are in pdf and downloadable.

Using the Libraries Catalog

Search in the catalog for architect and building: 

Click on the book link and use Control F keys to make sure the building is listed:

Write down the call number of the book and find the book on the 3rd floor of APL in Abbott Library. 

Using Google Books

You can search in Google books if you are not finding the building in the catalog. Go to and search for the architect and building:

And then go to the Libraries Catalog to check to see if we have the book in APL:

Write down the call number and get the book from APL, 3rd floor Abbott Library


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