Architecture Rare Book Collection

From The grammar of
ornament by Owen Jones
London : Day and son, 1856

Originally housed in the Architecture Library, the Architecture Rare Book Collection was  transferred to Rare Books for safe keeping. The collection contains around 150 volumes, many of which are extremely rare and valuable, and covers a wide range of architectural topics. There are areas of overlap between this collection and areas of the general BX collection, particularly with respect to art in architecture and horticulture. The collection is being actively developed  via the Architecture Department.

The Architecture and Planning Library in the Architecture Building on the Parkville Campus also holds a collection of rare materials including monographs, architectural drawings, engravings, photographs, postcards, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, films, and manuscript material.

Access and Availability

The Architecture Rare Book Collection is fully catalogued online. Material may be accessed  through the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. Requests for material can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To request material, please use our online request form.