Materials Library

Materials Library in San Francisco


The Materials Library collection is organized by material type and cataloged to provide information about an item's manufacturer, composition, properties and industry applications. 

Located on the 2nd floor of the main building on CCA's San Francisco campus, between S-16 and the DCC.   The collection is displayed for easy browsing, and most samples may be checked out by students and faculty.

The collection features material samples reflecting current building and design markets with a particular focus on smart, emerging and sustainable materials and technologies.  We are continually acquiring new and innovative samples.


Materials Library Samples hung for browsing.

Materials Library samples hung for browsing, and organized by material type.

MaterialConnexion Database for online materials research.

Development of the Materials Library

In development since 1999, the resource center was funded by three major grants from the George Frederick Jewett Foundation (for a total of $75,000).

Leslie Speer, David Meckel, Tim Perks, Tylor Garland, and Matt Paprocki were instrumental in getting the project off the ground. The collection is now administered by the CCA Libraries.

Learn more about materials research and resources

For more information or to schedule a class visit, contact Joseph Angelo at 415.551.9266 or via email at joseph.angelo@cca.edu