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SCI-Arc’s Kappe Library is the largest academic library in Southern California focused on architecture, and welcomes both students and outside architectural researchers.

Kappe Library curbside services (updated January 5, 2022)

The Kappe Library will be closed for in-person use for the first two weeks of the Spring 2022 term (January 10 through 23).

During this period, curbside loans, returns and scanning services are available.

To request a book loan:

Email the book title and alphanumeric call number and the borrower name and SCI-Arc ID number.

You will receive an email response with information about availability and a pick-up date.

Pick up times are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10am – 3pm at the Santa Fe Entrance (parking is available on Santa Fe for pickups).

To request a scan:

Students and faculty may request PDFs of print magazine articles and book chapters by emailing magazine or book information to

Students may request up to 25 PDF pages per week.

Research Assistance: Research assistance is available via , Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. See the library website at for information on print resources, and access to online resources.

Also see the guide to Researching Architecture Remotely,


The print collection includes 20,000 books in 97 subject areas, with a strong focus on architecture and related technical and design subjects. Approximately 1,500 titles are added each year. The library maintains about 100 magazine and journal subscriptions, and has more than 3,000 bound volumes of back issues.

Digital collections include subscriptions to online article databases, indexes, ebook collections, and other resources, which are available to anyone on campus accessing the Internet through SCI-Arc’s IP address.

For research assistance, a library staff member is always on duty during operating hours. The Kappe Library Guides series provides additional orientation; it offers tips on research methods and resources, and recommends books, articles, and websites on selected topics in architecture, the fine arts, history and cultural studies, science, and technology.

In 2004 SCI-Arc inaugurated library exhibitions as a complement to the SCI-Arc Gallery exhibitions. The program has included exhibitions of built projects, design proposals, and student work, fabricated and installed by SCI-Arc students and faculty as well as architects and students from around the world. These formal, didactic exhibitions are often accompanied by a public panel discussion or presentation to further investigate the work.