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Reprographic services

Bound volumes and new magazines from the Library's Periodicals Collection


A photocopying service is available for most of the books and journal articles held in the British Architectural Library. Search the holdings of the Library by using the online catalogue.


Two black and white photocopiers and a colour scanner are available to the public in the Library's Reading Room at the RIBA (66 Portland Place). For environmental reasons printing from the scanner is not possible, but PDF files from any scanning session can be saved on to a memory stick. Users are welcome to bring their own memory stick or to purchase one from the enquiry desk. The photocopiers and scanner are operated using pre-paid and top-up photocopying cards which can be purchased from machines in the Reading Room.

Remote copies 

Anyone unable to visit in person can request photocopies of articles from books and journals to be sent to them. Please use the photocopy order form and read the photocopy charges form below - RIBA members receive a discounted price. These are subject to the law of copyright and amending regulations.

For reasons of conservation, photocopies of fragile materials is not allowed; instead, a photography service for such items is available. 

We are unable to meet photocopy orders on demand. Please allow up to 7 working days for your request to be processed.


Contact for photocopying services:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 5533 (normal office hours)
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 1802

E-mail: info@riba.org 
Please mark your email 'Library Photocopying Service'. 

Photography service 

An in-house photography service is available to attain high quality images and images of items too fragile for self-service copying. Prices start from £24 for the photography of standard sized items, inclusive of the supply of a 300ppi JPEG file. A 50% discount is available for students. To view a complete price list and to order photography of any items, download a copy of the Photography Order Form. Order forms can be emailed to drawings&archives@riba.org .



To enquire about ordering copies of items from the Photographs Collection, please contact photo@riba.org .

A growing number of photographs and images of items from the collections have been digitised and these can be viewed and purchased via the Library's online image database RIBApix

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