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Provides access to resources related to the study of architecture, construction, and building systems.

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Books on Materials

The reference collection on the second floor of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library contains a wealth of resources related to building and construction materials, including handbooks, cost data, and product information.  

Here is a sampling of what is available. Please feel free to browse the reference collection for more information.

AAEL Joins Material Order!

The University of Michigan Library has recently joined the Material Order consortium.  Co-founded by Harvard Graduate School of Design and Rhode Island School of Design, the consortium brings together material collections to partner in the creation of a shared resource for materials description and access.  Material Order, powered by CollectionSpace (Lyrasis), utilizes and develops standards and best practices to provide a community-based approach to the management of design material collections.



Material ConneXion Materials IN THE LIBRARY!

The library provides onsite access to over 800 innovative and truly cool materials from Material ConneXion.  You'll find the materials on the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.  The Materials Collection space is open whenever the Reserve Desk is open. (Access is by appointment only during the Covid-19 closures  Contact Rebecca at for an appointment.) 

Stop by to see and touch the materials!

Product Information on the Web for Building and Designing

More Info on Materials

See our Materials Collection Research Guide for more information about materials here in the Library.