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Built Environment

Subject guide for The Bartlett UCL Faculty of The Built Environment

Searching our collections

The Bartlett library is home to around 50,000 books on specialist topics including architecture, planning, development planning, construction and project management, sustainable heritage, energy, sustainable resources and environmental design and engineering.

To find a book that matches your need, you will need to search UCL's library catalogue called Explore.

All our books can be found via Explore (see the search box below); use the Library Catalogue filter to search for books by author/title. 

E-books can also be found via Explore and should be searched for in the same way as printed material (you will need your computing username and password for off-campus access). Please take a look at the video on the left for help with finding and accessing e-books via Explore.

Type a keyword from the title and the author's surname into the search box, then select 'Library catalogue' from the drop down list.

Try it out below! Need more help? Watch this video about how to find books in UCL libraries.

Finding your book on the Shelf

The library catalogue is the principal tool to find books, journals and other materials (either in print or in electronic format) held in UCL libraries. On the catalogue, you will find the details with the details of the location of the materials you are looking for: library site, collection and shelfmark.

The Bartlett Library collection is arranged using a classification system called the Library of Congress Classification scheme. All books are labelled with a unique shelf-mark made up of letters and numbers and followed by the year of publication.

For example: HD7333.A3 T74 1979 

Books are shelved in alpha-numerical order of the shelf-mark.

Some older and less-used books are not kept on the open shelves, and will have a shelf-mark that says Stores. These books instead must be ordered in advance using our Stores service. Books from Stores can be requested online using Explore and are usually available for collection from the Library of your choice within one working day.

Other collections

Geography: includes material dealing with cities, development and urban planning.

Management: provides materials on project management.

Engineering: includes items dealing with building technology. 

Art: includes some architecture material.

Films: feature films on DVD can be borrowed from UCL Main Library. 


The Institute of Education holds a useful collection for students on MSc Learning Environments. 

UCL Press

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UCL Press is a leading open access scholarly publisher, publishing mainly scholarly monographs, edited collections, textbooks and journals.

Everything they publish is available to download freely in PDF form or to read online anywhere in the world, without the need to log in.

Follow the links below to browse what they have published on the subjects of the Built Environment, Sustainability and Development Studies, and Urban Studies