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Interior Design Reference Manual: A guide to the NCIDQ exam. REF NK2116.5 .B35  Chapters are organized according to the exam specifications and sample questions are provided at the end of each chapter. Reflects the current IBC  requirements.

Interior Design Sourcebook. REF NK1705 .L49 Guide to resources on the history and practice of interior design.


Designers and Architects

Contemporary Designers. REF NK1166 .C761 Gives background, work, and philosophy of important designers, primarily living designers. Indexes by nationality and design field.

Who’s Who in Interior Design.  REF NK 2004.2 .W48 Brief, but concise, biographical information on prominent national and international interior designers.



Interior Graphic Standards.  REF TH2031 .M34  Comprehensive source of design data and project management information for all aspects of commercial interiors practice.

Planning and Managing Interior Projects. REF NK2116 .F37 Focuses on the business aspect of commercial interior design projects; contains “real world” information with sections on project planning and site selection, design development, project documents, construction, interior features and installation, and relocation.

Time-Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning. REF NK2110 .T48 Covers planning, design, and detailing of interior spaces. Includes plans for residential, office, hospitality, and retail spaces; construction and woodwork details; general reference tables.

Other Time-Saver titles include:

Time-Saver Details for Store Planning and Design. REF HF5429 .B667 

Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design: Technical Data for Professional Practice.   REF TH151 .T55  E-book.

Time-Saver Standards for Building Types. REF NA2760 .D42

Time-Saver Standards for Housing and Residential Development. REF NA9501 .T55


Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

A Dictionary of Modern Design REF NK 1165.W66  Electronic Book. Entries on names and movements from the past 150 years of all areas of design, including ceramics, furniture, graphics, industrial design, interiors, and fashion.

A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture REF NA31 .C864 Electronic Book. Containing over 5000 entries from Aalto to ziggurat, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of architecture. 

Encyclopedia of Interior Design. REF NK1165 .E48 (2 vol.) Describes and analyzes a range of subjects and individuals related to the history of interiors; includes survey articles on countries, periods, and styles. Lists of "further readings" after articles.

Fairchild Dictionary of Interior Design.  REF NK1165 .P4 Defines and often illustrates interior design terms, including furniture, lighting principles and fixtures, materials, fabrics, construction devices, accessories, woods, styles, and periods.

Oxford Companion to Architecture.  NA31 .O94 2009 Electronic Book. Over 1500 A-Z entries covering all aspects of architecture, from architects, building types, and movements and styles to materials, aspects of design, and definitions.  Approach is to look at archictecture in terns of its social, technical, and practical aspects, as well as viewing it from an art-historical perspective.

Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Design since 1900.  REF NK1390 .J85 Short entries on design and important 20th century designers.



Building and Safety Codes

2009 Virginia Construction Code cover image


2009 Commonwealth of Virginia Construction Code


2009 Virginia Residential Code cover image


2009 Commonwealth of Virginia Residential Code



2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design


Plus various publications of the International Code Council, including:

International Building Code. REF K3538 .A15 I5 Electronic Book

International Energy Conservation Code. REF K3538 .I5835

International Fire Code. REF K3674 .I58

International Mechanical Code. REF K3538 .I5846

International Plumbing Code. REF K3542 .I58

International Residential Code. REF K3538 .I586


Various publications of the National Fire Protection Association, including:

Fire Resistance Directory. REF TH1061 .F577 (3 vol.)

National Electrical Code. REF KF5704 .N38

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. REF TH9445 .P8 L54

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