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University of Waterloo
Architecture Library Accreditation Report August 2010
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Information Resources Management Committee
Architecture Library Accreditation Report
August, 2010
The Library
Musagetes Architecture Library is a full-service branch of the UW Library system. It is centrally located within the
School of Architecture in Cambridge, ON making it easily accessible to students and faculty. The Library is open
every day, excepting statutory holidays:
Mon Thursday 8:30 am 8:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am 6:00 pm
Saturday Sunday 1 pm 5 pm
The library opened in this off campus location in 2004 and offers all the same services available to patrons in
main campus libraries.
1. Library Collections
Material is collected to support teaching and research for the Honours Pre-Professional, four-year Bachelor of
Architectural Studies degree followed by an eighteen month professional plan of study for the Master of
Architecture degree. The purchase of library materials for Architecture is the responsibility of the Liaison Librarian
in consultation with the Faculty Library Representative. Materials are obtained in a variety of ways including firm
orders, open orders, approval plans and subscriptions. Selection is guided by the Architecture Collection
Development Policy and the Approval Plan subject profile (both available upon request) which are reviewed and
updated regularly.
Print Resources
Musagetes Architecture Library houses the primary print resources for Architecture. The 24,000+ book collection
(including 16,069 titles in the NA call number range) includes titles on architectural design, theory, history and
criticism, historic preservation, building technology, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior design, and
urban design. Titles purchased on behalf of other departments, such as Classical Studies, Anthropology, Fine Arts,
Philosophy, Engineering, and Planning supplement the Musagetes collection.
Patrons may charge out materials during the hours that the Library is open and renew items online anytime. Each
patron is limited to twenty-five Musagetes books at any time, with two renewals allowed. With the exception of
the current issues of print journals and reference materials, most of the material in the Musagetes collection
circulates. Faculty, graduate students, and staff may borrow most monographs for a term at a time.
UW Library, along with the libraries of the University of Guelph (UG) and Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), is a
member of the Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG) consortium. Collections from Wilfrid Laurier University and
the University of Guelph, particularly titles purchased on behalf of Landscape Architecture, enhance the depth and
breadth of local materials available in subject areas of interest to Architecture. Faculty and students can request
books and copies of print journal articles from any UW library location as well as from of UG and WLU for pickup
at the Musagetes public services desk. Delivery time is within three working days. The cost is of these services is
absorbed by the Library. Access to the entire Library collection, as well materials held by UG and WLU, is
available through the web-based enhanced catalogue known as PRIMO.
The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery (ILL) service provides faculty, students, and staff with books, copies of
journal articles, theses, and government documents from libraries within Canada and abroad. The UW Library uses
the RACER Web based interlibrary loan system (http://racer.scholarsportal.info/vdx/index.html) to facilitate ILL
access and service for users. With minor exceptions, the Library absorbs the cost for this service. Canadian
university libraries extend in-person borrowing privileges to students, faculty, and staff from across the country.
Graduate students, faculty and staff are entitled to borrowing privileges at participating libraries
One advantage to the School of Architecture’s location is its proximity to Cambridge Public Library (CPL).
Although small, this library has an excellent collection of fiction and non-fiction titles, a substantial newspaper and
journal collection, searchable online databases, and a huge selection of DVD’s. When the School of Architecture
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