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Materials Collection: Home

A guide to the Princeton University Library Materials Collection and related information sources.

Architecture and Engineering Materials Collection

The Architecture and Engineering Materials Collection is a collection of physical material samples intended to provide inspiration, to inform design thinking, and to foster innovation in architecture and engineering. The samples are 1:1 scale samples of materials currently manufactured around the world and used in the construction or creation of actual physical structures, objects, and products.

Material samples collections have been held by professional practices for many years, and academic institutions have more recently begun holding samples collections as well. In the spring of 2017, Princeton University joined many of our institutional colleagues by providing a material samples collection for the use of our students and faculty. We welcome your feedback and thoughts on the collection!

The collection is currently on display at the Engineering Library, but don't let the word "display" give you pause: the samples are meant to be touched, hefted, inspected, and compared. Please come to the Engineering Library and have a touch!

Material ConneXion

Samples in the collection have been curated by Material ConneXion, a global firm dedicated to providing innovative material solutions. Each sample is accompanied by a section in the Material ConneXion Database with information about properties, possible uses, and the manufacturer.

Materials and Design Resources

Architecture Librarian

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Gabriella Karl-Johnson

Engineering Librarian

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Willow Dressel
Engineering Library
Fine Hall, Princeton University
Engineering Library Website