APA Library

A Library for Every Planner

The American Planning Association Library is dedicated to providing the information that you need to succeed as a planner.

The library is open by appointment at APA's Chicago office, but thanks to the APA Library E-book Collection and the availability of library staff, we can help you even if you're unable to travel to us.

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

Finding Planning Materials

Use the library catalog to search the APA Library's full physical and electronic collections of planning books.

Need something from the APA Library but can't make it to Chicago? Contact the library staff at library@planning.org and we will be happy to use our resources to assist you with your research.


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APA Library Resources

  • More than 600 planning e-books and audiobooks, accessible electronically from anywhere in the world. Includes primary historical resources unavailable anywhere else digitally.
  • More than 6,000 planning books.
  • Complete sets of all APA serial publications, including Planning magazine, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and many division newsletters.
  • Issues of more than 60 planning journals and newsletters.

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.

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Organization of the APA Library

Information on the American Planning Association Library Classification Scheme.

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APA Institutional Archives

APA maintains an institutional archive at Cornell University with items pertaining to APA's organizational history.

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