• The Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL)

    This is a unique multi-disciplinary collection of books dealing with vernacular architecture worldwide. Collected over a period of more than 50 years by Professor Paul Oliver, it includes works by architects, geographers, architectural and art historians, planners, folklorists, archaeologists, conservationists and anthropologists. The books 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 in the rolling stack on Level 2 of Oxford Brookes University Headington Library, and is accessible to staff, students and visiting scholars for reference, as a Special Collection  A collection of over 20,000 images, taken by Professor Paul Oliver is held in the POVALi slide collection which is now available to view on RADAR.

    There is an archive of Paul Oliver's work now available in the Special Collections Reading Room - items are available upon request.  Please take a look at the POVAL Archive Findings Aid for more information about the contents of the archive.

    For more information about the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library go to this page.

    We will copy book chapters subject to copyright and/or conservation considerations: read more about the copy 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.

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