a girl reading in an armchair in the living room, Welwyn Garden City

Photographing the mid-century homeA new exhibition exploring the work of John Pantlin

Open until 29 June 2014 at the Geffrye Museum, free entry

Photographic highlights

Cathedral of Notre Dame

Highlights and images used in past exhibitions

Hidden treasures

Staatsgalerie extension, Stuttgart

Read about our hidden photographic treasures 



Discover images online from the RIBA's collections

Online exhibitions

Looshaus, Vienna, © Keith Collie / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Explore exhibitions based on the collections

RIBA Blogs

Participants taking a closer look at exhibits during the Polychrome Lens talk, RIBA Library

The latest from our collections and curators


Cover of Puttin' on the Glitz

Publications from the Photographs Collection

Location and access

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


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


Access is free, but an appointment must be booked in advance by contacting the Photographs Collection before any visit. Personal photography is generally not allowed of material from the Photographs Collection.

Visitor notice: There is reduced access to parts of the books, periodicals and photographs collections at 66 Portland Place until late spring 2014. New access procedures and advanced booking required for the Drawings and Archives Collections and Study Rooms at the V&A. 

Finding material

To find out what is held in the collection, search the online catalogue. To perform a simple search of the catalogue enter any keyword and under 'collections' select 'Photographs'. Some images can be seen online via RIBApix. Alternatively, please contact the Photographs Collection.

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.


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