SPA Library

The Libraries of the School of Planning Architecture, New Delhi are well-stocked in both the Planning and Architecture campuses. Together these libraries are arguably one of the richest storehouses of books and documents in the fields of planning and architecture in the entire Asian region. The library is equipped with computer and electronic facilities to support teaching, learning and research activities of the School. The Library has subscription to 81 print and e-journals and databases such as JSTOR with access to more than 2065 archived e-journals and India stat. Other e-resources are also available online. Off-campus remote access facility has been provided to access electronic resources from anywhere at any time. Library Online Public Access Catalogues (OPAC) facility is available for browsing and searching the databases of books, thesis/dissertation reports, and new additions by the users. The Web-OPAC is available on intranet and can be searched from anywhere within the School campus.

The Library is a member of the Developing Library Network (DELNET). This has given the facility of access to union catalogue of 6839 member libraries and other online resources.The library brings out a monthly list of new additions, contents of current periodicals and relevant information from the newspaper dailies and is being made available electronically to the members. The library is headed by Mr. Narendra Singh Dhami, Library and Information Officer.


General Library Rules

  • Users must enter name, membership number and time of entry and exit in the register at the counter.
  • No personal belongings such as books, files, registers, handbags, briefcases, are allowed inside the library. These may be kept at a designated place at the entrance. The library staff is not responsible for the safety of your property.
  • The library is a place for study hence the silence and quietude of the library must be respected at all times. Loud conversations are not allowed. Cell phones must be kept in ‘silent’ mode.
  • Like all other spaces of the School, both libraries are strictly ‘no-smoking zones’
  • Activities such as eating, drinking and sleeping are not allowed in the libraries.
  • Defacing books and other library property by marking, scribbling, tearing of pages etc is forbidden and can result in cancellation of membership and a fine. Users must ascertain the condition of books before they are borrowed.
  • Loss of library card(s) and/ or borrowed book(s) must be brought to the notice of the librarian immediately.
  • Users shall leave the library material on the tables after consultation to be shelved ONLY by the library staff.
  • Users must leave books and other material consulted on the reading table after they are through with their research to allow the library staff to re-shelve them correctly.
  • Membership cards are not transferable and must be produced whenever required to do so by the library.

Membership and Library Admission

All students, faculty and non-teaching staff are eligible for membership to the library. Admission to the library is restricted to members only. However, others desirous of using the library may do with permission from the librarian. Membership types and number of books that can be borrowed by each is as under:

Member CategoryNo. of Books IssuedLoan Period
Teaching Faculty1230 days
Guest Faculty0215 days
Research Scholars0815 days
Research Associates0415 days
Post-Graduate Students0715 days
Under-Graduate Students0415 days
Non-Teaching Staff0415 days

Alumni of the School

(having membership)

0215 days


Application for membership is to be made on the prescribed form obtained from the Library. Applications of students, faculty, guest faculty, research scholars shall be recommended by the respective Heads of the Department and of other categories shall be recommended by the Administrative Head.

No Dues Certificate

Heads of Departments of Studies shall issue a ‘No-Dues certificate’ to their students and research scholars only after they have obtained a clearance certificate from the library.

Advisory Committee

Library Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Sanjukta BhaduriChairperson
Prof. Dr. Bandana JhaMember
Dr. Jatinder KaurMember
Dr. Salman KhursheedMember
Library & Information Officer (Lib)Secretary
Download Forms
  • APPLICATION FORM FOR IDENTITY CARD (for Faculty/ Staff/ Visiting Faculty/Project Staff) 
    Click Here
Library Collection

Library Collection 

SPA Library develops collection with the objective to enrich the knowledge of the SPAD academic community through books, journals, print and electronic journals and online databases.


The Library has a collection of over 83091 books/documents books in the area of Planning and Architecture, Management, Social Sciences and related subjects.

Print and Electronic Journals 

The School Library has a subscription to 98 print and electronic journals and JSTOR online database.

New Arrival

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Library Hours

Opening hours

Monday to Friday - 8.30 A.M. to 7.30 P.M.
Saturday - 9.00 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.


Monday to Friday - 9.00 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.
Saturdays – No transactions

Holidays: Library remains closed on Institute’s Holidays.

Electronic Resources

e-database –JSTOR

e-database –JSTOR Click Here

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Print Journals

  • Architectural Record
  • Architectural Review
  • Architecture + Design 
  • Civil Engineering and Construction Review
  • Civil Society
  • Coordinates 
  • Domus (India Edition) 
  • Down to Earth Harvard Design Magazine 
  • Indian Architect and Builder
  • Indian Concrete Journal 
  • Indian Journal of Environmental Protection 
  • Indian Journal of Regional Science 
  • Indian Journal of Social Work 
  • Indian Journal of Training and Development 
  • ITPI Journal 
  • Japan Architect
  • Journal of Landscape Architecture 
  • Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects
  • Lighting India 
  • Marg 
  • Myliveable City
  • New Building Material & Construction World 
  • Pool 
  • Public Transport International
  • Seminar
  • Social Action
  • Topos
  • Employment News

Architecture Library

  • Dainik Jagran (Hindi)
  • Economic Times
  • Hindu
  • Hindustan Times
  • Indian Express
  • Nav Bharat Times (Hindi)
  • Times of India

Planning Library

  • Dainik Jagran (Hindi)
  • Economic Times 
  • Hindustan Times 
  • Indian Express 
  • Hindustan (Hindi) 
  • Times of India

Boys Hostel

  • Hindu 
  • Hindustan Times 
  • Indian Express 
  • Navbharat Times (Hindi) 
  • Times of India

Girls Hostel

  • Hindu 
  • Hindustan Times 
  • Indian Express 
  • Navbharat Times (Hindi) 
  • Times of India

Open Access

Electronic Journals
Electronic Articles
  • Architecture Commons – Free Access to 7369 Full-Text Articles Click Here
Electronic Books
Digital Libraries
Electronic Newspapers
  • Online Newspaper Directory for the World Click Here
Electronic Reference
Electronic Theses
  • Open Access ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT Open) Click Here
  • Shodhganga – Indian Universities ETD Repository - INFLIBNET initiative Click Here


DELNET Digital Resources :

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Shri Narendra Singh Dhami

Library & Information Officer