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General Contact Information

Avery Architectural Library, Columbia University
Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, mailcode 0301
New York, NY 10027
United States
+1 (212) 854 35 01
+1 (212) 854 89 04 (fax)
Hours: Library: Mon-Thurs 9:00-23:00, Fri: 9:00-21:00, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun: 12:00-22:00, reduced hours during Summer; Drawings open Monday-Friday, 9:30-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 by appointment only.


Focus: local, national, international. Consists of: books, periodicals, architectural drawings, both individual drawings and complete archives; documents/correspondence; models (rare); photographs, both vintage and newly commissioned; slides (if part of archive); ephemera. Strengths: Avery Library, extensive holdings in rare European and American architectural literature; American trade catalogues and view books; Piranesi; in-depth literature on architecture as a whole; drawings, 19th and 20th century American architecture, esp. New York City. Collection accessible by computer and through inventories. Drawings can be reproduced with permission. Institution has a conservation laboratory.

Library Holdings

Avery Library is the largest architectural library in North America, with 300,000 volumes, 1800 active serial titles, and 15,000 rare books.


Institution organizes exhibitions. No permanent exhibitions. Exhibitions travel.


Institution publishes catalogues or other publications in collaboration with publishers, but not as an institutional imprint. Recent publications include Avery's Choice: 500 Years of Great Architectural Books, 100 Years of an Architectural Library (published by G.K. Hall).


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