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BE Library

The Built Environments (BE) Library is one of 16 unique University of Washington Libraries and focuses its services for constituents of the College of Built Environments. Located at 334 Gould Hall, the BE Library contains a specialized and unusual collection of about 60,000 monograph and periodical volumes related to the CBE disciplines. 

Library Administration

The Head of the BE Library, Alan Michelson, is available for book-order suggestions and research consultations. He has advanced degrees in library science and architectural history and can help with both framing large or small research topics and finding helpful books and articles.

Noreen Jacky, BE Library Supervisor, has over 30 years of experience in the UW Library System, and can assist with daily circulation questions and basic research questions.

Appointments, while helpful, are not necessary to consult with Noreen or Alan, you’re welcome to drop in anytime the library is open.

Learn about the general services our librarians and the UW librarians provide.

Databases + Collections

Pacific Coast Architecture Database

The Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD) includes a range of information on the buildings and architects of California, Oregon and Washington.

Also included are professionals in other fields who have made an impact on the built environment, such as landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, urban planners, developers, and building contractors. Building records are tied to those of their creators (when known) and include historical and geographical information and images. Bibliographical information, such as magazine and book citations and web sites, has also been linked for creators and their partnerships and structures.

Regional Community Groups

Community, cultural, and faith based organizations serve as an important resource to the development and preservation of the built environments for our neighborhoods, cities, and businesses.

Learn about groups having an impact in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound Region.

The Ostroff Collection

The Ostroff Collection focus on modern industrial and furniture design, and is especially strong on the works of Ettore Sottsass, Jr., and other late-century Italian designers. The collection was complied in the 1990s and early 2000s by Daniel Ostroff, a film producer and agent, living in Los Angeles, CA. 

BE Subject + Class Guide

Architecture – Subject Guide for Architecture and Architectural History Students.
Construction Management
Landscape Architecture
Real Estate
Urban Design and Planning

See also: ALL subject and class guides

Special Resources

  • Extensive built environments based book collection, unique to the Pacific Northwest, focused in architecture, construction management, landscape architecture and urban design and planning.
  • Theses produced by CBE students before 2012.
  • A strong archive of magazines in the four disciplines, particularly architecture.
  • PCs and Mac laptops for checkout by CBE students.
  • A selection of cameras, video cameras, audio recorders and other electronic equipment for CBE student use.
  • Exhibit space for student work.
  • A fascinating collection of architect-designed furniture, architectural models and other memorabilia from graduates and faculty.

Support the BE Library

The College of Built Environments Library is supported by a number of generous individuals and families. Gifts to the BE Library support the purchase of computers, cameras, software, and other technology related resources, new and rare books, and acquisition of historical items.

Betty Wagner Endowed Library Fund – The Betty Wagner Endowed Library Fund has been an invaluable source of support for the BE Library, and has been used to purchase books, periodicals, upgrade library furnishings, and fund the library’s digital initiatives, including the Pacific Coast Architectural Database. The fund was generously endowed by the dedicated, long-time BE Librarian, Ms. Betty Wagner. 

Architecture and Urban Planning Collection Fund – Provides funds to purchase books, journals, and software programs for the Built Environments library.