Research Guide


Evidence-based healthcare design / Rosalyn Cama Guide to the LEED Green Associate Exam / Michelle Cottrell Interior design illustrated / Francis D.K. Ching, Corky Binggeli Portfolios for interior designers : a guide to portfolios, creative resumes, and the job search / Maureen Mitton
Materiality and interior construction / Nancy Gesimondo and Jim Postell Environmentally responsible design : green and sustainable design for interior designers / edited by Louise Jones Kitchen and bath design : a guide to planning basics / Mary Fisher Knott Building systems for interior designers / Corky Binggeli


To search for materials in Connelly Library, use the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). The OPAC can be accessed at If you are having trouble finding material relevant to your research, ask a librarian for help!



The Library subscribes to over 130 periodicals with a focus on scholarly and trade journals, but also including several popular magazines and newspapers. The collection ranges from publications on contemporary art to academic journals on art education. The Library strives to represent all majors in its periodical collection.

All print journals are for library-use only. The Library’s subscription databases provide access to a wide range of abstracts and full-text articles that can be accessed online. Go to the Electronic Resources page to access periodical databases and online encyclopedias.

Some Interior Design-related titles are:

  • Abitare
  • Architect
  • Architectural Record
  • The Architectural Review
  • Design Solutions
  • Domus
  • World of Interiors
  • Dwell
  • Environmental Building News
  • Green Source
  • Hospitality Design
  • Interior Design
  • Metropolis

The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) and Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) own many architecture journals that may be useful for your research. Below are the titles of journals, including location and date of holdings:

  • APT Bulletin (electronic). PMA: 1986-present.
  • Architectural Digest FLP: 1954-present.
  • Forum Journal: The Journal of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. PMA:  1991-present.
  • Handbook of the Allied Interior Decorative Trade. PMA: 1928-present.
  • Interior Design and Decoration. FLP: 1966-present.
  • International Interior Design. FLP: 1991-present.
  • Newsletter of the Society of Architectural Historians. FLP: 1957-present.
  • Record Interiors. FLP: 1981-present.


Subject Headings

You can search for materials by KEYWORD, TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, or CALL NUMBER. A few of the subject headings that may be useful in a search for Interior Design & Architecture-related materials are:

You can also search by the name of the architect (“Wright, Frank Lloyd”), the artist/designer (“De Wolfe, Elsie”), or interior decoration firm (“Knoll International”).

Copy the entire call number for any titles that are of interest. Note the location and status of the title. Where is it located? Is it available?


Call Numbers

If you want to browse through the collection, try these call number ranges in the Main Collection and the Oversize Collection for Interior Design & Architecture-related materials:

  • NA: Architecture
  • NA190-1555.5: Architecture History
  • NA2695-2793: Architectural Drawing and Design
  • NA2835-4050: Architectural Details and Decoration
  • NA4100-8480: Special Classes of Buildings
  • NA9000-9199: Urban Design
  • NK: Decorative Arts
  • NK1160-1590: Decoration and Ornament, Design
  • NK1548 and NK2115.5: Color
  • NK1700-3599: Interior Design
  • NK1700-2138: Interior Decoration, General and History
  • NK2002-2004: American Interior Designers and Design
  • NK2042-2062: European Interior Designers and Design
  • NK2200-2750: Furniture
  • NK2775-2898: Rugs, carpets
  • NK2975-3496.3: Tapestry, Upholstery, Drapery, Wallpapers
  • TH 455-880: Green/Sustainable Materials
  • TH7703-7900: Lighting


Online Resources

  • American Architects and Buildings
    Formerly Philadelphia Architects and Buildings, this website is supported by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and is a growing national database of buildings and architects, both historic and modern. Search by building, architect, or location. Contact the library for username/password information.
  • American Society of Interior Designers: Knowledge Center
    The ASID’s Knowledge Center offers codes and standards, information on accessibility, access, sustainability, and research resources.
  • ArchNet
    ArchNet is an international online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, conservationists, and scholars, with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilizations. The Digital Library provides access to online images and research.
  • BuildingGreen provides information on policy, process, materials, and indoor environmental quality. The High Performance Buildings Database (HPB) maps a range of case studies, from single family housing to corporate interiors.
  • Cities and Buildings Database
    Developed by the University of Washington Libraries, the Cities and Buildings Database is a collection of digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and space. Search for buildings by country, city, style, title, architect, or date of construction.
  • IDEA Journal
    The Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA) provides this open-source refereed journal dedicated to the publication of interior design/interior architecture research and as such provides a valuable resource to the discipline and associated design and theoretical fields.
  • Inhabitat is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
  • International Interior Design Association: Knowledge Center
    The IIDA’s Knowledge Center offers citations and full-text articles, case-studies, and conference presentations on current research. Search or browse the material by topic, client type, or resource type.
  • Interior Design
    Interior Design is a trade magazine for the industry. The website is constantly updated with news and product reviews, and the Digital Library provides industry catalogs for view online.
  • Interiors Sources
    Interiors Sources is a trade magazine primarily focused on commercial interior design. The website offers news, resources, and an online version of the magazine, including back issues from 2003.
  • Jetson Green
    Jetson Green is a design-oriented site for sustainable homes, natural materials, and green technology. The site features current sustainable projects and the latest green technology, as well as job listings and “how-tos”.
  • US Green Building Council
    USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For information on the local USGBC chapter visit the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.
  • Worldchanging
    Worldchanging (previously Open Architecture Network) is an online, open-source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.



Local Resources

  • American Institute of Architects Philadelphia
    AIA Philadelphia, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, offers membership and architecture events; information about Philadelphia architects and and excellent bookstore.
  • Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania
    The Architectural Archives preserves the works of more than 400 designers from the 18th century to the present. The research collections in the Archives are available to faculty, students, and scholars for independent study as well as to support teaching in the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions.
  • The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
    The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is an independent member-supported library and museum founded in 1814. It provides the Philadelphia region with a resource of first resort on matters of architecture and interior design history, particularly for the period 1800 to 1945.
  • contains a wealth of information related to architects and buildings in Philly. Search by building, architect, or location. Contact the library for username/password information.
    The Philadelphia City Archive is one of the country’s largest municipal archives, with 2 million photographs dating from the late 1800’s.
  • Temple University: Digital Diamond
    An excellent source for photographs of city blocks and buildings.


Still didn’t find what you’re looking for here? Ask a Librarian! or 215-965-4054.


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