Subject Guides: Interior Design


This quick guide provides you with information on the collections, services and facilities that are useful for your subject area, all helpfully gathered together in one place.

Get To Know Your Librarian

Your academic liaison librarian is here to support you during your studies, and can help you source, access and use the resources you need, both in GSA Library and elsewhere

David Buri
Office Hours: 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri
Telephone: +44(0) 141 353 4701
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Contact Your Librarian or Book an Appointment

Before You Start

Watch our short orientation videos for quick bitesize guidance on how to access and use our collections and facilities.

Discover the Library

Use Discover to search across our print collection of 60,000 books and journals, as well as the 1000s of online resources we subscribe to on your behalf, all from a single search box. Your results will provide details of a resource’s physical or virtual location and its availability. Read our Borrowing Materials page to find out more about how to borrow from us and your entitlements.

Find Your Key Texts

Your programme leaders or tutors may provide lists of key texts that you are required to read as part of your studies. To access your list of texts, log into Canvas and browse the left-hand menu of your course.

Reference copies of most of your required readings will be held at our Service Desk and can be borrowed for up to 3 hours. Extra copies, where possible, can be found on the open shelves and borrowed for 3 weeks. These are complemented, where available, by electronic versions which are perfect for quick reading, checking facts, or for when the library is closed.

Access Your Course Materials

Canvas provides access to all your course materials, from timetables to project briefs, and from contact details to assignments.

Browse Our Shelves

There may be times when you simply want to browse the library’s shelves for books on particular topics – the useful shelfmarks below will help you.

Cultural theory

  • 150 Psychology
  • 190 Philosophy
  • 305.3 LGBTQI
  • 305.4 Feminism
  • 305.8 Race
  • 306 Material cultures
  • 307.76 Place and meaning

Design theory

  • 701.85 Colour theory
  • 711 Urban design
  • 720.1 Architectural theory
  • 720.47 Sustainable architecture
  • 745.2047 Sustainable design
  • 747.01 Interior design theory

Professional skills

  • 001.4 Research methodologies and study skills
  • 720.284 Architectural drawing
  • 747.022 Interior drawing
  • 747.068 Professional practice
  • 747.072 Research techniques

International interiors

  • 747.21 American
  • 747.22 English
  • 747.229 Scottish
  • 747.24 French
  • 747.25 Italian
  • 747.26 Spanish
  • 747.28 Scandinavian
  • 747.295 Asian
  • 747.296 African
  • 747.297 Mexican
  • 747.299 Australian


  • 691.1 Wood
  • 691.2 Stone
  • 691.3 Concrete
  • 691.6 Glass
  • 691.92 Plastic

Architectural elements

  • 690.1 Architectural details
  • 690.1822 Doors
  • 690.1823 Windows
  • 690.1832 Stairs
  • 690.184 Balconies

Interior elements

  • 745.4 Decoration, pattern and ornamentation
  • 745.73 Stencilling
  • 746.7 Rugs and carpets
  • 746.95 Soft furnishings
  • 747.3 Wallpaper and paint
  • 747.5 Fabrics
  • 747.92 Lighting
  • 747.94 Colour
  • 747.98 Plants
  • 749.2 Furniture
  • 749.32 Chairs

Type of space

  • 725.21 Retail
  • 725.23 Corporate
  • 725.71 Cafes, bars and restaurants
  • 725.5 Healthcare
  • 725.73 Spas and salons
  • 727.1 Schools
  • 727.8 Libraries
  • 728.5 Hotels
  • 741.6921 Window displays
  • 747.1 Small spaces
  • 747.3 Home office
  • 747.75 Dining rooms
  • 747.77 Bedrooms
  • 747.78 Bathrooms
  • 747.79 Kitchens


  • 720.92 Architects A-Z
  • 746.092 Textile designers A-Z
  • 747.092 Interior designers A-Z
  • 749.2092 Furniture designers A-Z

Search Databases

To complement our print collections, we subscribe to hundreds of online resources, from e-books to e-journals, and from image databases to film. These resources are great for essays or dissertations, and can be accessed even when the library is closed. To find out how to access our electronic resources off-campus, see our Databases A-Z page.

Databases with most relevance to your subject include:

Browse Journals and Magazines

Journals and magazines are a great way of keeping up-to-date with contemporary practice in your field, because it can take a while for cutting-edge practice to be written up in books.

All our print journals are arranged on our shelves alphabetically by title, with the latest issues found in the reading area on Level 1 of the library. In many cases we also stock back-runs, and these can be found on rolling shelves towards the back of Level 0.

Please note that, unlike our books, journals are reference-only and cannot be borrowed, though individual articles can be photocopied subject to copyright limits.

Alongside our print journals, we also subscribe to 1000s of electronic journals. Journals and magazines with most relevance to your subject include:

Read Magazines On-The-Go

Our eMagazines service allows you to discover digital magazines across art, design and architecture, and read them online. For many of our magazines, past issues are also available for you. You can even download our e-magazines to your mobile device for offline reading – perfect for when you are out and about.

Watch Film and Moving Image

Planet estream is a video streaming service offering access to nearly 2,000 off-air recordings of films, documentaries and animation across a host of subjects, with new content being added all the time. Search for content by keyword or category

MUBI is a curated showcase of independent and arthouse cinema. GSA students can sign up for a free account here.

Our DVD collection is located on Level 0 of the library and provides around 2000 artists’ films, documentaries, animations and movies. Our Borrowing Material page provides information on your borrowing entitlements. Our Databases A-Z page provides information on the online film and moving image resources available to you.

Discover The Stoddard-Templeton Collection

GSA Library hold’s the design library of carpet manufacturers A. F. Stoddard of Elderslie and James Templeton of Glasgow, once the world’s pre-eminent carpet designers.

The Design Library was the company’s in-house library that supported the design process of its designers. It was used to inspire the company’s designers, or to enable them to source motifs that could then be incorporated into their own textile designs. The library was often the starting point in the design process, providing initial ideas for subsequently developed designs.

The library is a rich source of material in the areas of carpet design, textiles, ornament, flat pattern, and textile interiors. It was amassed from the mid-19th century right up to the early 21st century. Templeton’s and Stoddard’s were alive to contemporary continental developments in art and design, and a good proportion of their library material, especially from the 1880s to the 1930s, was acquired from abroad.

Read Past Dissertations

We hold past dissertations from most GSA programmes of study, often going back several years. Many students like to look at previous examples of successful dissertations when beginning to prepare their own. All our dissertations can be browsed here.

Other Useful Resources

Depending on your interests or the projects or electives you undertake, the following resources may also prove useful to you during your studies.

Can’t Find What You Are Looking For?

There will be times when you require resources that even the most specialist of libraries cannot supply. But don’t worry, as there as several ways in which you can access the resources you need.

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Learn how to find the information you need, critically evaluate it, and reference it correctly in your dissertations and projects with InfosmART, our award-winning portfolio of easy-to-follow interactive modules in study and research skills.