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The Materials Library

The AUB Materials Library is a collection of new and innovative product samples including ceramics, plastics, glass, paper, metal, timber and much more.

The purpose of the collection is to inspire and offer ideas in support of creative practice, as well as providing a knowledge of materials, their properties and applications.

All students are welcome to browse the collection in the Library. Academic staff can arrange to borrow a curated selection to use in AUB studios by completing and submitting a request form.

Research & Practice Resources

Architonic Materials, interior details and products. 
Material District Innovative materials and solutions across architecture, interiors, textiles, urban, product, print and sign.
Stylepark Product selector and magazine for interior design and architecture.
Transmaterial Searchable database specialising in hi-tech materials and textiles for design.

Materials Resources

You can browse materials remotely via the AUB Materials Library Software. To use this software remotely you can sign in using your AUB credentials by clicking the Sign in with Microsoft button. If this doesn't work for you can use a generic login found here.

The AUB Materials Library Software is a catalogue of materials held in the collection. Each material sample in the Library features a unique QR code that can be scanned into the software. Scanning the QR code opens an information data sheet for the material, including its location within the Materials Library and links to the manufacturer’s website.

Below is a PDF with further guidance on using the Materials Library Software. 

Material ConneXion is a database of physical materials as well as processes. It includes more than 10,000 innovative materials in various categories for architecture, industrial design, interior design, and textiles. The Stacks contains material deep dives, sustainability webinars, manufacturer highlights, trend reports and much more written by the Material ConneXion Research team. To access, please register for a Material ConneXion account as below.

To access Material ConneXion you must first register for a personal account using this Registration Link and this AUB Registration Key: lbcDI1605803747008. Once registered you can log into your personal account via the link on the MaterialConneXion homepage. You must use your AUB email address to register for a personal account. Users should not register for a personal account via the MaterialConneXion home screen link, as this is for commercial users. 

EduSeries is a suite of tools and resources designed to support university tutors and course leaders in teaching their students about the significant environmental impacts of materials, the commercially-available sustainable material alternatives and emerging innovations. The suite is divided into an introduction and five fibre category modules. Each module is comprised of a video and audio PowerPoint recorded fibre specific lecture and a two-page summary handout of key points, facts and highlights and useful links for further learning. There are also supporting resources including Key Globally Recognised Certifications Matrices, a Glossary Book of Definitions and a Materials Resource Sourcing Directory.

WGSN Interiors brings together analysis, insight and inspiration for creative organisations that use it to inform design, development and marketing decisions for product and strategy. Once on the site you need to create an account, using your AUB email address, to view reports.

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