Programs in Architectural & Building Construction Technology

"The lessons learned there not only helped in my studies but with my business success as well. They should be part of any quality Architectural training."

Robert M. Scarano jr

AIA, FARA, ALA, Managing Principal, Scarano Architects PLLC

About the Vito P. Battista Library

In 2002, the Institute of Design and Construction began a major renovation and enhancement of its library. Internet access was installed, along with a fully automated library system. Library of Congress classification was introduced, bringing the IDC library into conformity with those of other academic institutions. With input received from students and faculty, the librarian began collection development in earnest, updating and expanding the collection. New Acquisitions lists have been distributed, to acquaint faculty and students with our growing collection of print and non-print sources. In addition, training is provided for students and faculty in the use of our print and electronic information materials. Latest to be implemented is our web-access library catalog, enabling students to search our catalog and our electronic magazines and newspapers from remote computers.


The IDC Library collection has more than 1600 items: books, videos, CDs, vendor catalogs, and magazines. These are arranged by Library of Congress classification and, with few exceptions, are on open shelves for student and faculty research needs. Our electronic resources, including more than 2,500 magazines and newspapers, are available from any computer with an Internet connection.

A research library, with print and video materials used on site, the IDC’s collection is targeted to and supports all areas of the school’s curriculum. Internet access is available on the library’s computers. Current and retrospective materials are acquired on an ongoing basis in response to curriculum needs, students and faculty are solicited for purchase recommendations, and new books lists are issued to keep faculty informed. To access the collection, click on LINKS on the left hand side of this page.

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