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Browser's Guide to Architecture: the NA Classification


Architecture & Planning Library (APL)
Browser’s Guide to Architecture: the NA Classification

The University at Buffalo’s Libraries’ collections are arranged according to the Library of Congress subject classification system. According to this system, architectural materials are assigned  to a section of call numbers beginning with NA, although related materials can be found in TH (building and construction), NC (drawing and graphic arts), NK (interior architecture and design), E-F (U.S. history, historic preservation), HT (city planning), K (architecture & law), LB (buildings for education), RA (hospital design), etc.

The following guide to the NA section will assist users who wish to browse the APL collection. Please remember when browsing that items may be checked out, in storage, in other libraries on campus, or in other classifications.  Also architects may use many materials beyond those classed in NA, and the classifications change over the years. A thorough can be accomplished by using BISON- the UB libraries catalog or Worldcat – a mega library catalog (not just UB) by keyword or subject.


Architecture by SubjectClassification
Airports NA 6300-6307
Ancient and Classical NA 210-349
Apartment Houses. Flats NA 7860
Architects, U.S.(includes firms) NA 737
Architectural Congresses NA 21
Architectural Decoration (by time period, countries, specific elements) NA 3310-4050
Architectural Design NA 2750-2794
Architectural Details (by specific items, e.g., stairs) NA 2835-3079
Architectural Details, Motives, Decoration NA 2810-4050
Architectural Drawing & Design NA 2695-2794
Architectural Practice, Business NA 1996
Architectural Societies, Organizations NA 10-20
Architecture and Law NA 135-150; see also KF 902
Architecture and the State NA 100-198
Architecture and the Handicapped NA 2545
Architecture as a Profession NA 1995
Architecture, General (including most journals) NA 1-60
Architecture Museums / Exhibitions NA 2400-2460
Architecture of Special Countries NA 701-1613
Architecture Registration Exam prep NA 123
Architecture Schools NA 2300
Architecture, Study and Teaching NA 2000-2320
Architecture, U.S. NA 705-729
Architecture, U.S., by City NA 735
Architecture, U.S., by State NA 730
Baroque, Rococo NA 590-599
Biographies, Collectives, and Directories NA 40-60
Building Codes, South Carolina KFS 2258-2259
Building Codes, U.S. KF 5701; TH 223
Buildings, by Form, e.g., basilicas NA 6700-7010
Buildings, by Material, e.g., wood, masonry NA 4100-4145
Buildings, by Use, e.g., public buildings NA 4170-8480
Business Management for Architects NA 1996
Byzantine NA 370s
Churches. Religious Architecture, by country NA 5210-6113
Churches. Religious Architecture, by religion, building type NA 4590-5621
City Planning/Urban Design NA 9000-9430; see also HT
Climate and Architecture NA 2541-2542
Collected Writings NA 25-30
Collections of Plans and Designs (divided by country) NA 7126
Collections of Plans, Architectural Sketchbooks NA 2600-2635
Color in Architecture NA 2795
Commercial Buildings (divided by building type) NA 6210-6289
Competitions NA 2335-2399
Composition, Proportions, Plans, Elevations NA 2760-2775
Construction TH
Criticism NA 2599.5-2599.9
Dictionaries, Encyclopedia, Glossaries NA 31
Domestic Architecture by Country NA 7210-7476
Domestic Architecture, Houses, Dwellings NA 7100-7880
Drawing (Technique) NA 2707-NA2708;  see also NC 730s; T 369
Drawings NA 2700-2749
Early Christian NA 360s
Educational Buildings NA 6590-6610  see also LB
18th Century NA 625-644
Examination & Licensing of Architects NA 123
Exhibitions NA 2440-2469
Farm Architecture NA 8200-8260
Gothic NA 440-489, NA 610-619
Health Facilities Design RA 967
Historic Preservation NA 105, E 159
History NA 190-1613
History, General Works NA 7100-7114
Hospital Design RA 967
Hotels, Inns, Restaurants NA 7800-7850
House Plans NA 7110-7115
Houses NA 7100-7884; see also GT 165; NA 9051; TH 4805
Housing NA 7550-7559
Housing for Seniors, Youth, Disabled NA 7195
Industrial Architecture (by building type) NA 6400-6589
International practice NA 4180-4183
Islamic NA 380s
Landscape Architecture SBs
Library Design Z679
Mausoleums, Cemeteries, Monuments NA 6115-6199
Medieval NA 350-489
Military NA 490
Minor Buildings, Gates, Fences, etc. NA 8300-8480
Models & Modeling NA 2790
Modern NA 500-699
Museums, Exhibition Buildings NA 6700
National, State, Municipal (divided by building type) NA 4195-4589
Neoclassicism NA 600-609
19th Century NA 645-679
Norman NA 420
Office Buildings NA 6230
Orders of Architecture NA 2810-2817
Periodicals & Yearbooks NA 1-9
Public Buildings NA 4170-7010
Religious Architecture of Special Countries NA 5210-6113
Religious Buildings (by religion, subdivided by building type) NA 4590-5095
Renaissance NA 510-589
Rendering in Color, Pen & Ink NA 2780
Restaurants, Clubs, Bars NA 7851-7859
Romanesque NA 390-419
School Buildings NA 6590-6610;  see also LB
Shopping Centers NA 6218
Site Planning NA 2540.5; see also SB 472
Storefronts NA 6225
Study and Teaching NA 2000-2320
Theory, Comprehensive Works, Outlines NA 2500-2599
20th Century NA 680-699
Urban Design NA 9000-9199; HT 166-167
Vernacular architecture NA 208, NA 705 (search also by building type,
culture, period, location, material);
see also GN414, GR, GT 170-225
Villas (divided by countries) NA 7580-7599
Women as Architects NA 1997

Architects by Country

CountryClassificationCountryClassification
Austria NA 1011.5 India NA 1510
Australia NA 1605 Israel NA 1479
Belgium NA 1173 Italy NA 1123
Brazil NA 859 Japan NA 1559
Bulgaria NA 1393 Mexico NA 759
Canada NA 749 Netherlands NA 1153
China NA 1549 New Zealand NA 1608
Cuba NA 805 Norway NA 1273
Czechoslovakia NA 1034.5 Poland NA 1455.P63
Denmark NA 1223 Romania NA 1433
Egypt NA 1585 Russia NA 1197
Finland NA 1455.F53 South Africa NA 1595
Flanders NA 1173 Soviet Union NA 1197-1199
France NA 1053 Spain NA 1313
Germany NA 1088 Sweden NA 1293
Great Britain NA 997 Switzerland NA 1353
Greece NA 1103 Turkey NA 1373
Hungary NA 1022.5 United States NA 737
Iceland NA 1253 Yugoslavia NA 1453

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