Visitors can access the Library and its collections at two public sites:
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London
(for the Photographs, Books and Periodicals Collections)
View of the Reading Room where the public can request to see material from Library's collections of books, periodicals and photographs. The glass cabinets in the aisle are used for temporary exhibitions
Upper gallery, the location of most of the Periodicals Collection
Reading alcoves created between the original projecting bookshelves
Exterior of the RIBA headquarters, 66 Portland Place
Education Room (next to the Reading Room) where the Library's education activities take place.
The Reading Room was designed by George Grey Wornum, the architect of 66 Portland Place, and his wife Miriam. It was completed and opened, along with the rest of the building, in 1934 and retains many original features and furniture.
Discover more about 66 Portland Place, its spaces, history and architecture by attending a building tour.
RIBA Architecture Study Rooms
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
(for the Drawings and Archives Collections)
View of the Study Rooms, where the public can request to see material from the Drawings and Archives Collections
Researchers in the Study Rooms
Curator with material in the Study Rooms
Entrance to the V&A, Cromwell Road
PDA Education Room (next to the Study Rooms) where collections-based talks and education activities are held
The Study Rooms were designed by Wright & Wright Architects and opened in 2004 as part of the V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership, an initiative to promote the understanding and enjoyment of architecture.