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Urban & Regional Planning: Books & eBooks

Selected Books & eBooks

Requesting Books from Summit

When you find an item in the catalog that has a Find & Request link, then the book or video is checked out or not in our collection.

  • You can request the book by clicking on Find & Request, then select Request from Summit (a partnership of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho).
  • It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit.
  • When your item is available for check out at the 1st floor Circulation Desk, you will be notified by PSU email.

Request Books through ILL

If a book you need is not available either through PSU or Summit, you can request it (mostly) for free through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It can take up to 12 days to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan.

The PSU Library does not order textbooks through Interlibrary Loan.   

PSU Library Catalog - Book Search

 
Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.

Find Books by Subject

After you find a useful book, look under the "Details" tab of the book's catalog entry at "Subjects." Here you'll find a list of related subjects that you might consider adding to your search. You can also click on a subject link in the record, e.g. clicking on "Urban transportation" would bring up a list of all the Library's books, journals, etc. on that topic.  Screenshot of Subjects in record

Useful Subjects

Cities & Towns               Geographic Information Systems

City Planning                  Municipal Government Regional Planning

Environmental Policy       Land Use

Public Policy                  Social Participation

Regional Economics       Metropolitan Government

Urban Policy


 

How to find eBooks in the Library Catalog

We collect eBooks whenever possible. After you execute a search in the Portland State Library catalog, click on the "eBooks" facet to limit your search results to only ebooks.

Screenshot of ebooks facet

 
 
Records for eBooks look like this:
Screenshot of ebook record
 
 

 

Browse for Books in the Library

Sometimes browsing the library stacks can help you find books you didn't even know you were looking for. The following are good areas to peruse.

HE 305-311: Urban transportation.

HT165.5-169.9: City planning.

HT330-334: Metropolitan areas.

HT 351-352: Suburban cities and towns.

HT 361-384: Urbanization. City and country.

HT 388: Regional economics. Space in economics.

HT 390-395: Regional planning

Maps of the library are available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, elevator lobbies, and also online.