This Virtual Library Card Grants Free Access to 2,000+ Architecture Books

Internet Archive Virtual Library of Architecture Books

The story of architecture‘ by Jonathan Glancey

Many of us remember a time when getting your first library card was a rite of passage. Stepping into the library, filling out some details, and getting your card stamped for the first time signaled entry into the world of learning. Now, as time marches on, brick and mortar libraries are giving way to virtual collections, where borrowers can download and read texts online or via e-readers.

So what do these changes call for? A virtual library card. And the best place to sign up for one is the Internet Archive, a huge virtual library filled with text, audio, video, and photography. Much of its collection is open source downloads, such as the Guggenheim's collection of modern art books or early 20th century 78rpm record recordings, but some texts are available exclusively for lending. This is where the library card comes in.

Simply sign up for free and you'll be able to borrow up to 5 books at a time for a period of two weeks. Books can be read in a browser or downloaded as a PDF or EPUB version to read on your device using Adobe Digital Editions, which is available for free download. If the book you're interested in is currently checked out, simply click a button to be put on a waitlist.

As lovers of all styles of architecture, we're especially thrilled with its compendium of more than 2,000 architectural books available for lending. Many rare and out of print titles are included in the collection, allowing you to read up on historical and modern architectural styles from around the world. Here is a glance at some of our favorite titles. Get searching and brush up on your knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, and others who have shaped our world.

Now you can borrow over 2,000 architecture books for free at the Internet Archive.

Internet Archive Virtual Library of Architecture Books

Art nouveau architecture‘ edited by Frank Russell

Internet Archive Virtual Library of Architecture Books

Frank Lloyd Wright : force of nature‘ by Eric Peter Nash

Internet Archive Virtual Library of Architecture Books

The new architecture and the Bauhaus‘ by Walter Gropius

Internet Archive Virtual Library of free Architecture Books

Great Modern Architecture‘ by Sherban Cantacuzino

h/t: [Archdaily]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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