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.
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
Please mark your email 'Library Photocopying Service'.
For fragile items, archives, drawings and photographs
A photography service is available to make copies of books and journals too fragile to be used in the photocopiers or scanner, these include the Early Imprints Collection of books printed before 1840. Photographic copies (including the making of slides) can also be made of most drawings, photographs or archive items in the collections by the Library's accredited photographer. For further details and prices please contact the Photographs Collection.
Some 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.
Use of personal cameras and mobile phones
Private photography of material from the collections is not permitted at any of the Library's sites (the Reading Room or RIBA Architecture Study Rooms). This applies to the use of cameras, mobile phones or any personal scanning equipment.