Some collection items temporarily unavailable 2014-5

Due to building work, some items from our collections (including our archives, books, drawings, journals and photographs) have been moved and are currently unavailable. We hope to restore full access by late spring/early summer 2015. Please check our this page page for more details and the latest updates or contact us if you have any queries.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and co-operation during this period.

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. 

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.