Architecture and urban planning (ENAC)

at the Library

The Library and its services are at the disposal of the EPFL students, lecturers and researchers, as well as interested members of the public. This page presents the services designed for the section of architecture (School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering).


The Library provides specific customised training, one-to-one or class-based.

  • Presentation of the services to the teaching/research staff and to students
  • Modules on the advanced search for information, citation, information management tools

For more information


The Library, via Infoscience, provides support for posting EPFL publications online :

  • Help with importing publications
  • On-site training (laboratories, administration offices) for familiarising oneself with Infoscience
  • Help with exporting data to a personal page, a laboratory page


The Library can also advise you on the following topics:

The Library offers a wide choice of documents, in printed or electronic format, in the fields of architecture and urban planning. All these documents are accessible via our BEAST catalogue. The Library is subscribed to several databases that enable you to find different types of informations such as:

  • bibliographic references of journal articles and technical reports
  • full text journal articles
  • plans and technical information
  • photographs and videos
  • interviews

Every database has its own search interface that is sometimes quite complex to use. If you need help, contact us: we are happy to answer your questions and we are happy to organise traning in one or other tool.

Specialised databases

Architecture and Urban Planning:

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals : Search for articles on architecture, planning, urban planning, conservation of the built environment and landscape architecture published since 1934 in journals worldwide.
  • ArchiRès : Search for documents on architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture (books, reports, articles in periodicals) listed by the libraries of the National Superior Schools of Architecture and Landscape (ENSA) of France.
  • Building Types Online : Search of documents (technical drawings, professional plans, photographs and articles) about a large international collection of contemporary buildings (e.g. housing, office buildings, museums, schools, libraries, industrial complexes), comprising more than 850 international case studies from mostly the past 30 years.
  • Detail Inspiration : Provides more than 2400 architectural projects carried out over the last 30 years and published in the magazine of the same name. Photographs, descriptive texts on the buildings, their plans and a selection of technical drawings are presented for each project.
  • OnArchitecture : Audiovisual database (videos, photos etc.) offering a global panorama of the main architects and architectural works, experiences and issues associated with the field of architecture.
  • TRANSFER Global Architecture : Series of articles online, exploring new ways to show and experiment architecture with digital media.This young free platform, based in Zürich, is a new editorial project with the ambition to produce and transmit original architectural knowledge.

Arts and Humanities:


Multidisciplinary databases

You will also find a lot of information and publications in the fields of architecture and urban planning on the internet. Here are some links that we have selected.

Resources on architecture

Resources on urban planning

Selection of resources of the federal and cantonal administration :

Selection of resources of the cantonal administrations in French-speaking Switzerland :

  • Vaud – Territorial development service – list of publications
  • Genève – Spatial planning and urban planning – list of publications
  • Fribourg – Buildings and development service – documentation
  • Jura – Territorial development service
  • Neuchâtel – Spatial planning service
  • Valais – Territorial development service – documentation

Other resources in Switzerland and abroad

Printed books

The printed books are classified according to UDC (Universal Decimal Classification). You will find the books in conjunction with Architecture in the following areas (layout of the collections):

Subject areas, Call numbers (starting with) and Locations :

  • Construction, materials : 690 (Arts et Architecture)
  • Arts, fine arts : 700 (Arts et Architecture)
  • Town planning and spatial planning : 711 (Arts et Architecture)
  • Landscape architecture : 712  (Arts et Architecture)
  • Architecture : 720 (Arts et Architecture)
  • Buildings, typology : 725 (Arts et Architecture)
  • Housing, vernacular architecture : 728 (Arts et Architecture)
  • Drawing, design, furniture : 740 (Arts et Architecture)
  • Geography : 911 (Sciences et Société)
  • Transport : 656 (Sciences et Techniques)

Several copies of the books recommended by the lecturers for the courses at Bachelor’s

and Master’s level are on offer in the Teaching Collection.


Some titles are also available in electronic format. These eBooks are accessible by default on the EPFL campus and remotely via VPN access.

Main eBook Collection :


The collection of periodicals in Architecture and Urban Planning is made up of titles, in printed and electronic format, which can be found in the BEAST catalogue of the Library.

It is also possible to search by topic the electronic journals to which the Library subscribes with the app Browzine [more details] : electronic journals journals in Architecture and Urban Planning.

The printed journals are housed in the section “Revues. Arts et Architecture” for the current subscriptions (past 10 years). The older journals are stored in the basement, in the section “Sous-sol. Périodiques d’architecture”.

The journals are reserved for on-site consultation. Photocopiers and scanners are available to make copies.

Some examples of Printed journals :

Some examples of Electronic journals :


The EPFL Library offers a collection of geographical maps of Switzerland, in printed and electronic format, as well as links to external websites offering geodata.

More information on maps and geodata


The EPFL Library makes standards available and offers privileged access to ENAC staff for the SIA standards.

More information on standards

The degree and Master’s dissertations of the Architecture section are listed in the institutional archive Infoscience and in the catalog BEAST. You can consult them at the Library (up to 5 documents simultaneously). Submissions filed since 2003 are available in digital format : Infoscience collection of Master’s dissertations in Architecture.

New acquisitions