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Got Weekend Plans?  How About a Visit to the Materials Library?

Two years ago I wrote about what a delight it was to discover the UT-Austin School of Architecture’s Materials Lab when I was on campus there, and it seems appropriate to resurrect the topic in honor of our theme this month. Kevin Kelly just posted a roundup of major materials libraries around the USA over at Cool Tools, and I was surprised to discover that UT’s, which is decades old, was one of the first in the country.

Publicly accessible materials libraries are usually associated with universities, and there is at least one major subscription-based commercial materials library with branches in eight major cities. I’ve been poking around trying to find a geographic listing of materials libraries with no success, so I thought I’d throw this one out to the readers: Is there a materials library near you? If so, please share in the comments!


4 thoughts on “Got Weekend Plans? How About a Visit to the Materials Library?

  1. This is one of the most fun articles I’ve read in just about forever. Thanks! What is the likelihood that you add Pinterest to your icons below? You know, not all of us just post wedding dresses (which is OK but . . .). Hmmm?

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