The Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL)
This is a unique multi-disciplinary collection of more than 1000 books dealing with vernacular architecture worldwide. Collected over a period of more than 45 years by Professor Paul Oliver, the founder of the International Vernacular Architecture Unit, it includes works by architects, geographers, architectural and art historians, planners, folklorists, archaeologists, conservationists and anthropologists. They cover a wide range of topics, including the philosophy and theory of vernacular architecture, building symbolism and decoration, and vernacular materials and technology. Also included are a large number of anthropological works dealing with the building traditions of specific peoples and cultures.
The POVAL collection, which provides an unparalleled and indispensable repository of the knowledge gained about the vernacular traditions of the world up to the present, and as such serves as a basis for further scholarship, is currently housed on the second floor of Oxford Brookes University Main Library, and is accessible to staff, students and visiting scholars for reference, as a Special Collection.
We will photocopy book chapters subject to copyright and/or conservation considerations: read more about the photocopy service.
You may search the catalogue of the Collection by using the search box below, which links to the Catalogue of Oxford Brookes University Library.