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Plans and drawings

Find plans and drawings in books, magazines and journals

Books, magazines and journals on 20th and 21st century architecture and architects have floor plans and drawings of completed works and projects. You can use the library catalogue to locate these. Search for the architect, building or project and include keywords such as plans or drawings.

Find plans and drawings in databases


The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals indexes journals and magazines that contain floor plans, cross-sections, elevations, photos and images of buildings.

  1. Search for the building by the name of the building or architect, or a combination of these words. You may include additional keywords e.g. plan, drawing.
  2. Limit the search using the Physical Description limit in advanced search e.g. Drawings, Elevations, Plans, Section, Sketches.
  3. Limit the search to Linked Full Text to ensure the material is available.
  4. Check the Abstract section for articles that look useful. This section will include a description of the article - check for features listed such as "plans", "drawings", "elevations".
  5. Click on the Find button to locate the full-text article with the plans. You may not find the full-text article online - if this is the case search the Griffith University Library for the print version of the journal.


ARTstor contains 20,000 images of architectural plans and sections and related materials selected by the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) from the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, one of the largest architecture libraries in the world.

Browse print journals

Architectural print journals also contain examples of floor plans, and if you are not looking for a specific building browsing the library's print journal collection will provide many examples. Below are a few key journal titles that provide plans of innovative architecture from around the world. These are available on level 3 of the Gold Coast library at the call number locations listed.

Find plans and drawings on the internet

State Library of Queensland

SLQ has digitised plans and drawings from their collections on Flickr:

State Library of New South Wales

SLNSW has digitised some architectural plans from their collections:

National Library of Australia

Trove contains links to over 50,000 pictures and scans of architectural plans available online from Australian libraries.


Specific collections include: