Reading Room, British Architectural Library, RIBA, 66 Portland Place
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Free public access
From 2 January, any member of the public can use the Reading Room and the collections of books, periodicals and photographs in the Library free of charge. Access to non-RIBA members is free on production of photographic proof of identity (passport, driving licence, student university ID, British Library or National Archives Network card).
Since its establishment with the RIBA in 1834, the Library has been almost wholly funded by members and receives no government funding.
Check opening hours and admissions policies before your visit.
Grant award for A Home of One's Own project
The Library, in conjunction with Hackney Archives and The Building Exploratory, was awarded a £10,000 grant for the project, 'A Home of One’s Own: Post-War Housing in Hackney'.
This was part of the second phase of the Museums Library and Archives Council's (MLA) 'Their Past Your Future' programme. Projects had to be geared around the idea of conflict, connecting archive and museum collections with communities. This bid focuses on post-war housing in London, specifically Hackney, and was based on using the collections of the RIBA and Hackney Archives.
One of the outcomes of the project was a range of online educational resources, examining the impact of the Second World War on Hackney and the rest of Britain.
Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy
This exhibition came in the year of the quincentenary of Andrea Palladio's birth. It was a major exhibition looking at the life and works of one of the most important architects of the renaissance period. The RIBA contributed over 60 objects to the exhibition and were the major lenders. The exhibition toured Vicenza, London, Barcelona and Madrid.
The exhibition was organised by: the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza; in collaboration with the RIBA.
Discover the influence of this great architect in the online Palladio Exhibitions.