About the Observatory


The origin of the old bibliographic collection of the Library dates back to the beginnings of the School. The first books were acquired by Real Private Board of Trade before Antoni Cellés started the Cfatigue of Architecture in 1817. From this period before 1817 come 100 degrees in civil architecture, 15 in military architecture, 20 in civil engineering techniques, 53 in basic sciences (mathematics, physics ...), and 60 degrees in other topics.


Currently, books published before 1820 add up to more than 360 titles that can be found with the search by subject. Portal: Old collection of the Higher Technical Library of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) in the catalog of the UPC.

A good part of these titles and others published later are of great value by researchers, teachers and scholars, for being almost unique in our specialty.

The mission of the Library is to take care of its conservation and to disseminate it.

For this reason, its digitization of some of its unique funds is promoted, which can be consulted at:

Special emphasis has been placed on the digitization of titles that are related to the history of the Barcelona School of Architecture.





Last update: 15 / 02 / 2021