Bloomsbury Design Library - Reviews


Design Issues, December 2018

By David Raizman

The online Bloomsbury Design Library (BDL) is a robust and wel­come resource for the study of design, encompassing the interre­lated fields of design history, theory, and criticism.

The BDL attempts to maintain a relationship among the branches of design studies with an extensive collection of refer­ence works, scholarly books, and other resources that complement each other well.

With Bloomsbury’s considerable design resources now online, students in universities, colleges, and art/design schools that subscribe to the BDL would have no excuse but to log on and gain access to peer-reviewed resources pertinent to the study of design. 

On the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design as part of BDL: ‘I consider it an inclusive, well-informed, and illustrated reference work with con­tributions by leading international experts, edited for accessibility and with helpful bibliography and cross-references for each entry

It is hard not to be impressed by this robust tool of the Infor­mation Age, in which so much material is made available in one place and the site itself facilitates straightforward and intuitive navigation.

…for students and scholars alike, it is a remarkable and most useful learning and research tool.

David Raizman is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Drexel University, Pennsylvania

Library Journal, December 2018

By Gricel Dominguez 

This is a one-of-a-kind collection users can get lost in, whether they are experts, practitioners, or curious browsers. Aimed at students and scholars of visual arts and design, it could also support a study of material culture and user experience. Offering tons of unique content, it’s highly recommended for institutions with design studies, architecture, and visual arts and ­culture programs.

Gricel Dominguez is a librarian at the Hubert Library, University of Florida

Reference Reviews, April 2018

By Maria Fesz

This resource presents many avenues for scholarship and exploration. The home page’s simple and sleek design is easily navigable and highlights the main components of the Design Library.

(The Featured Content) allows for quick discovery while also showcasing the depth of information provided in the rest of the Design Library.

Overall the Bloomsbury Design Library is user-friendly for both users new to researching design and those starting more robust research. The interface is clean and easy to navigate. 

Maria Fesz is Adult Services Librarian at Westlake Porter Public Library, Ohio

Booklist, April 2018

By Lindsay Harmon

It is recommended for visual-arts and design schools and fans of Bloomsbury’s Berg Fashion Library database.

Lindsay Harmon is Instruction & Outreach Librarian at Lewis University, Chicago