Everyone is welcome to use our collection of four million items, which are regarded as having one of the top three architectural collections in the world and the finest in Europe. You can see them by visiting the British Architectural Library, which has public sites at the RIBA's headquarters and Victoria and Albert Museum, or by attending one of our talks, exhibitions or learning events for children, students and adults. 

Visitor noticeThere are changes in access to some of our sites and collections at 66 Portland Place and the V&A in place until 2017. Until the end of January 2015, our Study Rooms at the V&A will not be open on Thursdays.

Highlights include the world's largest collection of drawings by architect Andrea Palladio, the archives of prominent architects and architectural practices, a collection of printed books dating back to 1478, complete runs of major journal titles and the photographic archive of the Architectural Press. 

Discover what's in our collections 

Type in a keyword below, press search and discover what we have in our collections through the online catalogue or browse over 80,000 images from our collections via  RIBApix.  You can watch our curators talking about some of the items from our collections via YouTube.