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A Brief Guide to Some of the Online library Resources

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Hi everyone,

As the subject librarian for Architecture and Spatial Practices it’s likely you’ve all heard me talk (at length) about the architecture resources you can access through the library – here’s the subject guide in case anyone needs a reminder.

But what you might not realise is all the other resources you have access to through UAL, so I thought I’d share some of the interesting things available to you free online. You can access all of these from UAL Library Search

Online collections / Databases

You have access to over 180 databases – you can find them all on the A-Z Database list – from streaming platforms to trend forecasting specialists, as well as image and audio collections and archives of online journals.

I thought I’d share some of my favourites and tell you briefly why I like them:

BoB – Box of Broadcasts is an off recording archive with so much content available. You can watch Architecture documentaries, ‘Atlanta’ or hundreds of old episodes of ‘Pointless’…!

Digital Theatre Plus – watch plays at home whenever you like! There’s lots of Shakespeare (of course) but also recordings of live performances of more recent plays like The Container, She Loves Me and Falsettos.

Kanopy – this film database is full of interesting documentaries and feature films. I watched ‘Grey Gardens’ recently and have ‘Solaris’ on my watchlist alongside ‘Beats Rhymes and Life’ about A Tribe Called Quest.

LinkedIn Learning – courses and guides on a whole range of topics, using software (including AutoCAD, Rhino), ‘Sustainability and Architecture’ or ‘Become an EDM Producer’…

Online journals / magazines

If you want to explore other areas of art and design, keep up with current affairs, find out about new developments in science and technology or film and fashion, there are lots of online journals and magazines you can explore. You can search for e-journals on the e-Journals portal or explore a selection on BrowZine

Here’s a small selection:

I think my top pick of the online journals has to be The International Journal of James Bond Studies. It’s open access which means it’s free to everyone, so you can keep up to date with the latest academic papers on James Bond for years after you graduate!

If you have any questions about these resources or ones relating to Architecture or anything Library related you can use ASK or email me.

I would really recommend making the most of all the resources available to you both in your studies and to help you relax and unwind.

Happy watching, reading and exploring!


Jess Cobb

Assistant Academic Support Librarian at Central Saint Martins


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