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Opening hours - British Architectural Library

Glass clock, RIBA, 66 Portland Place
Easter closureAll Library sites and services will be closed from 18 April (Good Friday) - 21 April (Easter Monday) 2014, dates inclusive.

The British Architectural Library's sites and services operate different opening hours to those of the rest of 66 Portland Place (this includes the bookshop, cafe and exhibitions) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Library is closed on bank holidays, during part of August and over Christmas and New Year. 

Opening hours 

Library sites: 

  • Reading Room (RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London)
  • RIBA Architecture Study Rooms (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Collections:

  • Books and Periodicals Collection (RIBA, 66 Portland Place)
  • Photographs Collection (RIBA, 66 Portland Place)
  • Drawings and Archives Collections (Study Rooms, V&A)

Information Centre: 

  • Public Information Line
  • Members Information Line     

     

 

Reading Room/

Books and Periodicals

Photographs

Study Rooms

Drawings and Archives

    Please contact to book and appopintment
before any visit
New access procedures. Please contact to book an appointment before any visit
Monday closed closed                          closed
Tuesday 10am - 8pm        reduced access reduced access
Wednesday 10am - 5pm reduced access reduced access
Thursday closed closed reduced access
Friday 10am - 5pm reduced access reduced access
Saturday 10am - 1.30pm     
                         
closed closed
Sunday closed closed  closed

Information Centre

Phone lines opening hours (closed Saturday and Sunday)

Opening hours for Monday 7 - Friday 11 April 2014 only

Public Information Line

Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3882

Closed 1pm - 2pm

Open 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm

Members Information Line

(RIBA members only
please give your membership number) 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3600

Closed 1pm - 1.30pm

Open 9.30am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 5pm

 

Opening hours from Saturday 12 April 2014 onwards

  Public Information Line Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3882 Members Information LineTel: +44 (0)20 7307 3600 
Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday closed closed

 

Seasonal closures 2014

All Library sites, collections and services are closed on the Saturday before English bank holidays and from Christmas until after the New Year bank holiday. The Library's collections, Reading Room (66 Portland Place) and RIBA Architecture Study Rooms (V&A) are closed for part of the summer, but RIBApix, the Information Centre and the Library's reprographic and enquiry services remain available. 

These closures apply to Library sites, collections and services only, different opening hours operate for the rest of 66 Portland Place and the V&A.  

 
Closure dates
(all dates inclusive)
Sites, collections and services closed

April: Easter

18 April (Good Friday) - 21 April (Easter Monday) 2014

All Library sites, collections and services

May: bank holiday

Saturday 3 May - Monday 5 May 2014

All Library sites, collections and services

May: Whitsun / Spring bank holiday

Saturday 24 May - Monday 26 May 2014

All Library sites, collections and services

August - September: Annual stocktake

(66 Portland Place)

Saturday 2 August to Monday 1 September 2014.  

  • Books and Periodicals Collection
  • Photographs Collection
  • Reading Room
August: Annual stocktake

(V&A)

Saturday 9 August - Monday 25 August 2014

  • Drawings and Archives Collections
  • RIBA Architecture Study Rooms
August: bank holiday

Monday 25 August 2014

All Library sites, collections and services

Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015

(V&A)

Wednesday 24 December 2014 - Monday 5 January 2015

  • Drawings and Archives Collections
  • RIBA Architecture Study Rooms

Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015

(66 Portland Place)

Dates to be confirmed

  • Books and Periodicals Collection
  • Photographs Collection
  • Reading Room
  • Information Centre
  • RIBApix

Before your visit 

Opening hours for the Library are occasionally subject to change. Before making any travel arrangements to visit the Library or to use any of it's services, visitors are strongly advised to revisit this page or to contact the RIBA's main switchboard (tel: +44 (0)20 7580 5533) for the latest information.

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