Urban Studies: Books & eBooks

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 Renewal -- United States" would bring up a list of all the Library's books, journals, etc. on that topic.  


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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.

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Records for eBooks look like this:
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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.

HM 756-781: Community.

HN 41-46: Community centers. Social centers.

3rd Floor:

HT 101-395: Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology.

HT161-165: Garden Cities. "The city beautiful."

HT 165.5-169.9: City planning.

HT 170-178: City population.

HT 231: Effect of city life.

HT 321-325: The city as an economic factor, city promotion.

HT 330-334: 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

NA 1-9428: Architecture

NA 9000-9048: Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying.

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

PSU Library Catalog - Book Search


Results include both print books and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and other libraries.

Selected Books

Useful Subjects

City Planning               Urban Renewal

Education, Urban        Cities and Towns

Housing                       Housing Policy

Inner Cities                  Land Use

Suburbs                       Planned Communities

Regional Planning       Urban Economics

Urban Health               Urban Geography

Urban Policy                Urban Poor

Urbanization                Urban Transportation