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Interior Design

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Search the 'Books & More' tab on the library website using keywords in the title, author, or subject, or the ISBN.

  • Ebooks can be accessed through links under the 'Online Access' section of the page.

  • Physical books are arranged using Library of Congress classification.  The New School students can borrow or request materials to pick up at any of our locations:

    • University Center Library (63 Fifth Avenue, 6th & 7th Floors): Art, Design, Technology
    • List Center Library (6 E. 16th Street, 8th Floor): Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Performing Arts Library (55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor): Music, Dance, Theater

View Access and Borrowing info and renew books (My Account) on the library website.  Most books can be borrowed for 16 weeks and renewed twice.

Use Consortium Libraries (NYU, Cooper Union, New York School of Interior Design) with your New School ID card.

Three ways to find related books:

  1. Click on subject headings in the library catalog.
  2. Browse the shelf to find books under the same call number.
  3. Look up books and articles referenced in literature.

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  • Offsite: Request items by clicking on the arrow to the right of the item listing and clicking on "Request Item."  You will receive an email when the item is available, 1-2 days.  
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METRO: Resource-sharing service for New York City area libraries. Onsite access only (no borrowing privileges). 

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Google Books can be used as a tool to search inside books.  Locate books using our library catalog.

Call Numbers and Subject Headings

Interior Design books are located in the call number areas of NA (Architecture), NK (Decorative Arts), TA (Engineering), TH (Building Construction & Handicrafts) and TS (Manufactures) at the University Center Library, 63 Fifth Avenue. 

All degree-seeking students have access to the library at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), a comprehensive library for interior design, which also uses the Library of Congress classification scheme.

Interior Design Primary Call Numbers
Architecture  NA
Decorative Arts NK
Engineering  TA
Building Construction & Handicrafts TH
Manufactures TS
Interior Design Call Numbers (Full List)
Decorative Arts and Interior Design NK
Antiques and Decorative Arts   NK 460-1380, NK 2800-9700
Arts and Crafts   NK 1140-1142
Careers   NK 2116
Color   NK 2115, 1548
Commercial / Restaurants / Shops   NK 2195
Design History / Patterns / Theory NK 1160-1700
Furniture NK 2205-2770
History NK 1710
Interior Design and Designers (American)  NK 2002-2004
Interior Design and Designers (European) NK 2042-2062
Interior Design and Designers (Asian/African/Oceanic) NK 2078-2110
Lighting NK 2115.5
Residential   NK 2110
Rooms NK 2117
Engineering  TA
Human Factors / Ergonomics   TA 166
Materials   TA 402-4036
Building Construction TH
Graphic Standards   TH 2025-4311
Green/Sustainable Materials   TH 455-880
Handicrafts TT
Furniture   TT 180-200
Soft Home Furnishings   TT 387-410
Manufactures TS
Product Design   TS 23-19

Interior decoration -- history
Interior architecture -- history


          -- country name
          -- 20th century 

Design movement, style: Memphis

Designer name: Ettore Sottsass

Building types: Hotels

Professional Practice

More Books

See our interior design materials page for more books.