The Library's collection consists of about 40.000 volumes of free access distributed over two floors. Upstairs are the new acquisitions, the engineering, architecture, construction and urban planning books, the cartography collection, the large format collection and the magazine collection. On the lower floor are books on other subjects and final year projects published between 2000 and 2008. In addition, users UPC The collections of the rest of the collections are at your disposal Libraries UPC.


In addition to the physical collection, the Libraries of the UPC They are subscribed to the Digital Library of Catalonia, a whole collection of electronic journals, electronic books i databases accessible through the search engine Discovery

The collaboration agreement signed between the family of the architect José Antonio Coderch de Sentmenat and the ETSAV has made it possible to make available to the research and scientific community the collection of documents from his professional study, the Fund Digital Coderch. The Coderch Digital Fund is launched with a dual purpose. On the one hand, to preserve and preserve the legacy of one of the most important Catalan architects of the XNUMXth century. On the other hand, to encourage the study, analysis and research of his architectural work.

The documentary collection, processed and digitized covers from 1941 to 1978 and, among others, you can find the original documentation relating to such well-known works as the Torre Valentina urbanization, the Trade buildings, or the extension of the Barcelona School of Technical Architecture. The Coderch Digital Collection is characterized by a generous documentary typology that, among others, includes: invoices and receipts, photographs of the work, personal photographs, memoirs, sketches, drawings, plans, correspondence, notes, drawings, etc.

Digital Coderch Fund


The Coderch Digital Fund and its digitized fund can be consulted from a computer of the ETSAV Library during its opening hours. Likewise, the documents and images of interest can be printed. The documents are printed in A4 format (0,20 € per page) and images in A3 format (0,35 € per page). In order to be able to print the images, a form must be filled in, where the applicant's personal data must be recorded, the justification that motivates the search, the relationship of the printed documents and a compromise as there will be no commercial exploitation of the documents and that its use will be limited to teaching or research uses.

The ETSAV Library has been incorporated into UPCommons final degree projects, final degree projects (portfolios) and final master's theses from 2008 onwards. Provided the author has authorized it, these works are accessible online. The works prior to 2008 are cataloged and can be consulted on site at the Library.

Jobs can also be searched by geolocation through GEOcommons.

From the second semester of the 2020/2021 academic year, students who defend their final project (TFG-TFM) do not need to carry out any formalities with the Library regarding its delivery. The work will be stored in UPCommons automatically with the conditions of consultation that you have indicated during the deposit process. It is necessary, however, that you make the double deposit (documentary and administrative) through Atenea TFE / e-Secretary. Once evaluated and approved, the deposit a UPCommons it guarantees its preservation, the ease of access and consultation, the generation of contacts with people interested in your work and the protection against plagiarism. If you want to modify the method of access to a work already published a UPCommons (from open access to closed oviceversa) the permit previously granted must be revoked through the application available at the electronic headquarters of the UPC.

If you submitted your work before the second semester of the 2020/21 academic year but now you want to apply for the degree, contact us (biblioteca.etsav@upc. Edu) and we will provide you with a space in the cloud to deposit it. Once we have hung it up UPCommons we will inform you and the Academic Secretary so that you can manage the degree.



6 steps to make your TFG / TFM a success

The Library receives about 100 paper journals and most titles can be borrowed. The titles of the journals that are lent according to the place of publication can be located on the map and it gives an idea of ​​the geographical coverage of this collection.



In recent years, the gender perspective in the field of architecture and urban planning has become relevant. For this reason, the Library has created a collection specializing in documents that seek to distort the hierarchical character historically attributed to the relationship between genres.

Architecture and genre

Since its beginnings, the Library has incorporated into it valuable valuable reference works that have, over time, become authentic collectors' pieces. In the Reserve section, you will find, among others, the following titles: 


The Library has an important collection of antique books of great interest for the study of the history of architecture. The collection comes from books that were used in the School, in its beginnings, and also from donations made by various architects at the end of their professional life. In total there are more than half a thousand books, the oldest of which dates from 1808, although most are from the first half of the twentieth century.

Historic background at BETSAV

The Library has a collection of portfolios of different sizes and materials that can serve as a reference for students who must present this work at the end of the Degree in Architecture.


The ETSAV Materials Library makes available to the university community a collection of samples of materials used in the field of architecture and construction. It is accompanied by guides, which collect information resources such as books, articles, theses but also other information of interest such as, for example, architects or companies.

Thematic guides by types of materials: 

Ceramics Whip glass Stone Metal
Precast concrete Gomes Textiles and knitwear Insulators waterproofing


The Library has a collection of board games, available for loan by the whole community UPC. We lend you these games for 2 days. 


Table games

This month's review of "Neuroarchitecture" by Ana Mombiedro.


What is neuroarchitecture?

With a gentle tone and plain language, Ana Mombiedro talks to us about you to propose a journey through the senses and try to explain what she understands by neuroarchitecture.

From the first chapter, he dialogues with the reader and appeals to his curiosity to let go of ideas and concepts, mixing disciplines such as psychology, architecture, somatics, biology... and shedding light on what could be considered neuroarchitecture.

According to the author, it is very important that, when designing and building spaces, consideration is given to the use they will have and the people who will use them because their feelings and their way of being in these spaces is what it must guide the architect to make his work make the most sense. In his words: "The ethical task of architecture is to look after the emotional health of its inhabitants".

If we understand how the brain works, how it receives and processes stimuli, we can understand that the places where our life takes place influence us and are able to create pleasant sensations or vice versa.

With the help of abundant examples and practical exercises that we can carry out, Mombiedro takes small steps that help us understand this new approach to architecture, more emotional, perhaps more individualized and all, until we answer the initial question: could we understand by neuroarchitecture the observation of space from the functioning of the nervous system?

It is, in conclusion, a didactic and curious text with which to broaden the perspective regarding the more normative architecture and take a step closer to real use in everyday life.

More information

If you are missing a book in our collection, you need a book that we do not have or think that some other resource could be of interest to the university community, contact the Library to assess its possible acquisition or subscription

Last update: 28 / 03 / 2024