The Library's role as a leading collection of architectural material is ensured by acquisitions of books, periodicals, drawings, archives, photographs, models, audiovisual material and other architectural objects. The addition of new material increases the research and education potential of the Library, a free resource from the RIBA that is available to all to use. As well as new acquisitions, new digital images - created from the Library's existing architectural material and drawn from the work of talented new photographers - are being continually added to RIBApix, the RIBA's extensive image database accessible to the public.
Russian Constructivist magazines
A nearly complete facsimile set of Russian Constructivist magazine 'Contemporary Architecture' ('Sovremennaya arkhitektura') from 1927-1930. The Russian text is generously illustrated with drawings and photographs of projects from across Europe, particularly from Russia and Germany. Donated by Academia Rossica.
Read more about the history of this short-lived magazine.
RIBApix continues to grow and by the beginning of 2012 the total number of images on the database exceeded 60,000.
Among the latest additions to RIBApix are drawings representing the work of Sir Charles Barry, 1930s photographs of British historical architecture, part of the RIBA Press Office Collection and images of inter-war restaurants, cafes and pubs from the Architectural Press Archive.
Copyright: Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
The Country House Revealed - DVD
Six-part series from the BBC, first screened in 2011, in which Dan Cruickshank visits houses never before open to public view.
The Reading Room of the Library was used as a location during filming and several episodes featured material from the Library's collections, including Vitruvius Britannicus from 1715 by Colen Campbell.
Artist: Colen Campbell
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection