APA Library

The American Planning Association Library, located at our Chicago office, is open by appointment to members, students, academics, and anyone else who is interested in the collection. On-site visitors have access to the library's full holdings, which include:

  • More than 6,000 physical volumes on planning and allied fields
  • More than 60 physical journals and newsletters to which APA subscribes
  • Complete sets of all APA serial publications, including Planning magazine, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and many division newsletters
  • Hundreds of e-books, accessible electronically from anywhere in the world, on planning and allied fields, including primary historical resources unavailable anywhere else digitally

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APA Library E-book Collection

Can't Make It to the Library? Let It Come to You!

The American Planning Association Library E-book Collection was developed to give APA members online access to a collection of hundreds of e-books that are instantly accessible from anywhere in the world.


100 Essential Books of Planning (1909–2009)

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American planning movement, APA created a list of books essential to planning. These books come from every decade starting in 1909, the date of the first national planning conference.

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Organization of the APA Library

The American Planning Association Library Classification Scheme was created to meet the needs of today's practicing planners. The scheme focuses specifically on planning and provides a level of practical detail not found in other published systems such as Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal.

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APA Institutional Archives

APA maintains an institutional archive at Cornell University. Items pertaining to APA's organizational history — including the history of the two predecessor organizations — AIP and ASPO.

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Looking to schedule a visit or ask a general question about the library? Contact the librarian at library@planning.org.