Books and periodicals

New books on international architecture, now in the British Architectural Library, RIBA
Books and periodicalsDiscover the latest developments and the history of architecture through the RIBA's collections


New books

150,000 books covering all aspects of architecture and design



Display of periodicals from the RIBA's collections

A record of two centuries of architectural news as it happened




Discover images from the RIBA's collections of books and periodicals


Early Imprints Collection

Christopher Wren, Parentalia

4,000 books published between 1478 and 1840



RIBA Journal

Links to a range of free online journals


RIBA Blogs


The latest from our collections and curators


About the collection

One of several major architectural collections at the RIBA, the RIBA Library Books and Periodicals Collection is open to the public and a free resource for research into any era and field of architecture and related fields such as planning, landscape architecture and interior design. The collection of 150,000 books and 2,000 periodical titles grows daily with new publications and acquisitions of historical works. Everyone is welcome to browse the open shelves in the Library's Reading Room or to request (subject to collection times and location) older works.  

Location and access

Find information on getting here, admissions and opening hours in Visit Us.

Visitor notice: There is noise disruption at 66 Portland Place and reduced access to the photographs and parts of the books and periodicals collections until spring 2014.


Reading Room, British Architectural Library, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London


Access is free. The collection is available to the public during the opening hours of the Reading Room, please bring photographic I.D. for admissionReprographic services are available for those who can not visit the Books and Periodicals Collection in person.

In the online catalogue items that have the location 77 Portland Place, BASEMENT, BOX, Pamphlet or AV are available by advanced request only (up to a week may be required), please fill in the 'Closed Access Request form' and email the completed form to marking your email 'Closed Access Request'. 

'SP-COLL' items can only be seen by special request. All items with the location 'HANDLEY-READ' will be unavailable due to the fragility of the material.   

Finding material

To find out more about what books and periodicals are held in the Library, search the online catalogue. To perform a simple search of books in the catalogue enter a keyword and under 'collections', then select 'Books'. For periodicals, select either 'Journals' if searching for the title of a publication or 'Articles' for their contents. Parts of the collection have been digitised and can be seen online via RIBApix. Alternatively, please contact the Library.

Please note that the RIBA's collections of drawings and archives are available from the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Top of page