APA Library

The American Planning Association Library houses more than 5,800 volumes on planning and allied fields and adds several hundred new titles each year.

The library subscribes to more than 60 journals and newsletters. In addition, it has complete sets of all APA serial publications, including Planning magazine, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and many division newsletters.


The library is open to members, students, academics, and interested citizens by appointment only. To schedule a visit, please e-mail the librarian at library@planning.org

Visitors may use the library's materials on the premises, but our books are not available for loan.

Visitors Guide to the Library (pdf)

Search the Catalog

Locate books and magazines in the library's online catalog.

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Need Suggestions for Your Professional Library?

Look no further. These two PAS Memo and an annotated bibliography highlight new and classic works that are indispensible for the practicing planner's library.

Essential Planning Library (April 1997) (pdf)

Essential Planning Library Revisited (March/April 2007)

An Annotated List of Electronic and Print Resources for Practicing Planners, Scholars, and Students of Planning (pdf)

When your organization subscribes to APA's Planning Advisory Service (PAS), your office will receive each new PAS Report as it is published, and you'll have unlimited online access to PAS Memo, PAS QuickNotes, PAS Essential Info Packets, and our Inquiry Answer Service.

100 Essential Books of Planning (1909–2009)

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

100 Essential Planning Books