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Information Centre

Information kiosk, Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, 1938

Image: Information kiosk, Glasgow, 1938
Copyright: Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection


Easter closure: The Information Centre and information lines will be closed from 18 April (Good Friday) to 21 April (Easter Monday) 2014, dates inclusive. 

About the Information Centre

The British Architectural Library operates an enquiry and research service, available to all RIBA members and the public, via the Information Centre. 

The Information Centre can answer questions about any aspect of architecture and the RIBA and can also provide useful links to other resources. Questions requiring more detailed research - for example, on an architect's career, the design of a particular building type or the history of a particular building can be undertaken. Information can also be provided about building materials, specific products and techniques used in the past. A charge may be made for these services to non-members. 

RIBA chartered members can also be referred to specialist practice consultants who can provide help and guidance on a range of practice issues from legal and contractual problems, debt recovery, taxation, building regulations, party wall matters or planning advice. 

Past queries

Examples of past queries answered by the Information Centre:

  • tackling the recession
  • straw bale technology
  • design for residential nursing homes
  • anti-skateboard design
  • the history of buildings such as London's Smithfield Market
  • how to find the UK Building Regulations on the web
  • how long must an architect keep project records and drawings
  • biographical information on an architect active in the 1930s
  • architects' fees



Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 1802

Public Information Line:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3882
(phone line open Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm)

Members Information Line:

RIBA members only - please give your membership number 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3600
(phone line open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm)  


Seasonal closures: The Information Centre and information lines are closed on English bank holidays and from Christmas until after the New Year bank holiday. 

Useful documents

Documents prepared by the Information Centre to help users with their research:



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