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Ramp to the entrance of 66 Portland Place

Ramp and entrance to 66 Portland Place 


The RIBA aims to ensure that the Library's services and the collections are accessible to anyone visiting the Reading Room at 66 Portland Place and the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Both sites are accessible to wheelchairs. Please contact us  if you have any questions on access or special requirements.


Reading Room 

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London
(for the Photographs, Books and Periodicals Collections) 


  • Guide dogs are welcome.

  • Step-free access, via lifts, to all the floors in the building.
  • Step-free access to the main entrance on Portland Place, which is accessible to wheelchairs.
  • The Reading Room is accessible to wheelchairs. Certain areas such as the upper galleries and rolling stacks are not accessible to wheelchairs, but librarians are at hand to help and will be happy to fetch any requested material.  


  • Portable induction loops for those with hearing aids are available. Users should ask for them at the reception of 66 Portland Place.
  • A disabled toilet is located in the basement.
  • Lockers, located on the third floor, are available during the Reading Room's  opening hours .
  • A screen reader (COBRA) is available inside the Library.


  • Single yellow line restrictions apply outside the Portland Place entrance.
  • There are designated disabled parking spaces for Blue Badge holders on Portland Place.
  • The nearest London Underground station with step-free access from the platform to the street is Euston (London Overground line).
  • More information is available from Transport for London on  transport accessibility .

Visitors to 66 Portland Place may experience some noise disruption during the construction of a new permanent gallery between May 2013 and early 2014. Access to lifts may also be affected, please call ahead +44 (0)20 7580 5533 before your visit. 

RIBA Architecture Study Rooms

Victoria and Albert Museum, London 
(for the Drawings and Archives Collections)

Study Rooms are closed until 25 March 2014 

The Drawings and Archives Collections and Study Rooms will reopen on 25 March 2014 with reduced access and prior booking will be essential before any visit. This is due to construction work taking place at the V&A until 2017. Please contact us on +44 (0)20 7307 3708 (Tuesday - Friday) or check this page for updates. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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