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Land Use: 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 "Environmental impact analysis" would bring up a list of all the Library's books, journals, etc. on that topic.  

Useful Subjects

Here's a list of subjects that might interest you. You might consider using some of them as search terms to see if you get better results.

Subjects in Land Use

  • City Planning and Redevelopment Law

  • Conservation Easements

  • Environmental Policy

  • Land Tenure

  • Land Trusts

  • Land Use, Rural

  • Land Use, Urban

  • Natural Areas

  • Regional Economics

  • Regional Planning

  • Rural Development

  • Zoning


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.

Records for eBooks look like this:

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.

  • GB3-5030 -- Physical Geography
  • GE170-190 -- Environmental Policy
  • GE300-350 -- Environmental Management
  • GF125 -- Cities. Urban geography
  • GF127 -- Rural Settlements. Rural Geography
  • HD101-1395.5 -- Land Use
  • HD1401-2210 -- Agriculture
  • K3581-3598 -- Environmental Law

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