Access & Borrowing Privileges

Architecture collections are primarily housed between two locations; The Paul Buisson Architecture Library and The Otto G. Richter Library.  Architecture Library loan rules and borrowing privileges are closely aligned with Richter Library loan rules with a few exceptions.  Please refer to the University of Miami Library policies site for more information.

Patrons are responsible for returning library materials on time and in good condition.  Library materials may be returned at either campus location with the exception of Interlibrary Loan (ILL)  books that must be returned at the Richter Library.  The Architecture Campus Book Drop Box is emptied on a daily basis.  If it is full, DO NOT STUFF or leave books outside of the book drop.

Course Reserves

For Students

For Instructors

To place items on reserve for a course, instructors must submit a reserve request each semester that course is taught (even if the materials being used are the same each semester). Requests should be submitted as soon as is possible. Requests will be processed in the order they are received.

Instructors may submit requests for course reserves in three ways:

  • Complete a Course Reserves Request Form for each course and submit the completed forms to the Circulation Desk at the Paul Buisson Architecture Library along with the accompanying Course Reserves materials.
  • Submit an email request to Gilda Santana, Architecture Librarian or Irina Ballester.

Requests should include the following information:

  • Instructor name
  • Course number and section
  • Call numbers for requested items owned by the library

To ensure accurate and timely processing of reserve requests, please include a copy of the course syllabus with each request.

To place items located in Richter Library on reserve, or for electronic reserves (articles and book chapters), click here.

Food & Drink

Food is not allowed anywhere in the Architecture Library. Beverages in lidded containers are allowed. Violators may lose library privileges.

Seminar Room Reservations

The Seminar Room/Archive of the New Urbanism may be reserved as a group study space at times when classes are not scheduled. Class schedules will be posted on the door. To make reservations contact Irina Ballester, Senior Library Assistant.

Noise & Courtesy

Due to the modest size and intimate nature of the Paul Buisson Architecture Library facility, cell phone use is not permitted anywhere in the library.

Printing, Copying & Scanning

The Architecture Library has 1 UPrint Color photocopy/scan/email station, 1 UPrint Color printing station, and 2 large format scanners.

Architecture students also have access to the School of Architecture’s Computer Lab and to the Digital Media Lab located on the first floor of the Richter Library.

Print and Photocopy services are provided by UPrint and require the use of UM CaneCard / CaneExpress account, or the purchase of a UPrint Guest Card.  An annual amount is automatically allocated to University students and faculty to off-set the cost of printing and copying (students $100/yr; Faculty $50/yr), however, additional funds can be added via CaneExpress.

Please see the UPrint home page for more information on the UPrint service, including FAQs and detailed print instructions.

Supporting the Architecture Library

The Paul Buisson Architecture Library welcomes contributions no matter what the amount.  Due to space constraints, the University’s architecture collections are housed between two locations, the Otto G. Richter Library and the School of Architecture library. The School’s modestly sized library facility allows students and faculty use of a limited collection in the classroom and studio. A new 10,000-square-foot building is being planned to bring the Richter collection to the School of Architecture and to combine both collections with the School’s computing facilities as an integrated library and learning center.

Visit the School of Architecture site for more information on giving your support.

See also the Richter Library’s general guidelines for donating physical materials to the libraries.