Drawings and archives

V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery
New access procedures Advanced booking essential for all visits to the RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections and Study Rooms at the V&A.


Students studying material from the Archives Collection

Personal records and papers of architects, societies and the RIBA


Students with drawings from the RIBA collections

Drawings and prints from the Renaissance to the present day



Discover images from the RIBA's collections of drawings and archives

Online exhibitions

Artist's impression of 55 Broadway by David Muirhead Bone. Architect: Charles Holden

Explore exhibitions based on the collections

RIBA Blogs

Participants at the Fantastical Cities family workshop, RIBA, 2013

The latest from our collections and curators

Study Rooms

Students with drawings in the Study Rooms

Dedicated spaces for viewing the collections

About the collections

The RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections contain over 2.5 million architectural items, including: drawings, manuscripts, archives, models, medals and other architectural objects. They are open to the public and located in the Victoria and Albert Museum, alongside the V&A's own collection of prints and drawings, as part of the V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership. Access to these outstanding collections from the RIBA is free by visiting the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms. Some items are on permanent display in the V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery

Read about all the latest activities of the Drawings and Archives Collections on RIBA Blogs

Location and access  

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


RIBA Architecture Study Rooms, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Visitor notice: New access procedures. Advanced booking essential for all visits to the RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections and Study Rooms at the V&A.

Admission is free, but advanced booking is essential. Available during the opening hours of the Study Rooms. All material is held in stores and collected for visitors. Contact the Drawings and Archives Collections team to reserve material in advance and to check their availability as some items are held offsite.

All visitors must read and sign the reader information form before viewing material from the Drawings and Archives Collections.


Finding material

To find out what drawings and archive material are held in the collections, search the online catalogue. To perform a simple search of the catalogue enter a keyword and under the 'collections' drop-down menu select 'Drawings' or 'Archives'. Parts of the collections have been digitised and can be seen online via RIBApix. Alternatively, please contact the Drawings and Archives Collections.

Please note that the RIBA's collections of books, periodicals and photographs are located at 66 Portland Place, London



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