Urban Studies and Planning

Collection Statement

The urban studies collection lies at the nexus where several areas of the social sciences and humanities--political science, history, ethnic studies, education, sociology, and architecture--meet the city. The collection's geographic focus is on San Diego city and region as well as issues surrounding the US-Mexico border. Holdings include resources from the fields of social and human services, city and regional planning, public policy and administration, ethnicity and urban cultures, land use planning and the environment, transportation planning, architecture and urban design, and economic development.

Collection strengths include San Diego, California and US government documents including historical planning documents from across San Diego County, US census and other social science data and statistics, a broad, multidisciplinary book collection, 48 journal subscriptions focusing on urban studies and planning, and access to the entire urban studies collections of the libraries in the University of California system.

Primary Library of Congress call numbers:

HT 51 - 65 human settlements and communities
HT 101 - 395 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology
HT 170 - 178 Urban renewal, Urban redevelopment
HT 201 - 221 City populations
HT 321 - 325 The city as an economic factor
HT 390 - 395 Regional planning


Key Resources for Urban Studies & Planning


Course Materials


Contact Information

Kelly L. Smith
Social Sciences & Humanities Library
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr. 0175R
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Phone (858) 534-6712
Fax (858) 534-7548
k5smith@ucsd.edu