Further and higher education

The Library offers varied programmes for students in further and higher education to work with the collections first-hand and develop skills in selecting and analysing primary and secondary sources to support their studies and research interests.

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Course tutors may combine an induction session with a specialised workshop or divide their programme between the CETLD Bene Education Room at 66 Portland Place and the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms at the V&A. For bookings or to discuss your visit, please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3704 (Monday to Thursday) 
Email: library.education@riba.org       

inductions

Students working in the CETLD Education Room
Image: Students in the CETLD Bene Education Room, 66 Portland Place

Inductions are ideal for groups of students who are unfamiliar with our Library and our collections or who will be conducting research for their course. 

Group inductions of up to 20 students are led by staff from our Library and take place in the CETLD Bene Education Room at 66 Portland Place. The programme is approximately an hour in length and includes:

  • an introduction to our Library, its history and collections
  • direct interaction with resources from our books and photographs collections
  • a tour of the reading room facilities and a behind-the-scenes look at our Library's operations
  • an overview of our Library's policies and procedures
  • inductions can be combined with more in-depth workshops
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Image: RIBA workshop participants 

workshops

Explore specific course themes and subjects in more depth during a Library workshop where students can investigate first-hand materials from the collections directly relevant to their research.Library specialists will work with course leaders to develop the workshop's learning objectives and to select materials best suited to meeting these objectives. Workshops vary in length and can take place in the CETLD Bene Education Room at the RIBA or in the Prints, Drawings and Architecture Education Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Workshops can be combined with an induction session and might include: 

  • hands-on work with early works, photographs, drawings or archival material
  • facilitation by subject specialists from our Library 
  • guided tours of 66 Portland Place, the V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery or special exhibitions
  • additional resources, such as study guides or recommended reading lists field studies

Study days

Study days give students the opportunity to delve into the collections to investigate a particular theme or area of research and hear from speakers in the field on the subject. These events often complement the programme of exhibitions held at 66 Portland Place and the Architecture Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Student events

Head over to the RIBA at 66 Portland Place or the V&A for a more social and informal introduction to the collections and V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership. Open Days and evenings are held throughout the year and include hands-on workshops by students and architects practices, short talks and a closer look at the collections. 

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