Admission policies

Entry to all the British Architectural Library's sites and collections is free and everyone is welcome. The admission requirements will vary depending on which location or collection you wish to visit. Use the online catalogue to see what we have and where items are located. 

  

 

  

Display of books from the RIBA's collections
Display of books from the RIBA's collections

Books and Periodicals Collections

(includes the audiovisual material)

Due to building work, some offsite items from this collection have been moved and will be available by appointment only or will not be accessible. We hope to restore full access by autumn 2014. For more details go to our  news page .

Location: Reading Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

Entry: Entry is free. For access to the Reading Room, members of the RIBA must bring their RIBA membership card. Access to the general public is on production of proof of identity, which must contain a photograph, e.g. passport, driving licence, student university ID, British Library or National Archives Network card. 

Bags: Bags cannot be brought into the Reading Room. Most items may be stored in lockers which are free of charge - the keys are available from the enquiry desk. Please note that there are no facilities to store overly large items or bags. 

Personal photography:  Readers may photograph certain materials within the Reading Rooms of the British Architectural Library, free of charge and for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study only. 

Reprographic services: Reprographic services  are available for those who are unable to visit the Reading Rooms in person and for those who require high quality images of items in the collection.

Personal equipment: Visitors can only use pencil or laptops to make notes near items from the Early Imprints Collection of rare books. The use of ink or pens is not allowed near these items.

Access to material: Most material from this collection is available either on open shelves or is retrievable on request if stored in non-public areas. Only RIBA members may borrow books from the Loan Library.

Access to offsite material: Due to building work, some items from this collection have been moved to restricted sites and will be available by appointment only or will not be accessible. We hope to restore full access by autumn 2014. Check via the online catalogue to see where the items you require are located, as this will affect its availability. The forms below list which locations are affected and they need to be filled out in advance for items from restricted sites. 

MS Word   Books and Periodicals Collections - Closed Access Request Form
File size: 58kB

PDF   Books and Periodicals Collections - Closed Access Request Form
File size: 330kB

 

  

Display of photographic material from the RIBA's collections
Display of photographic material from the RIBA's collections

Robert elwall Photographs Collection

Until early 2015 there will be reduced access to the Photographs Collection. For more details go to our news page .

Location: Reading Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

Entry: Entry is free. For access to the Reading Room, members of the RIBA must bring their RIBA membership card. Access to the general public is on production of proof of identity, which must contain a photograph, e.g. passport, driving licence, student university ID, British Library or National Archives Network card. 

Bags: Bags cannot be brought into the Reading Room. Most items may be stored in lockers which are free of charge – the keys are available from the enquiry desk. Please note that there are no facilities to store overly large items or bags. 

Personal photography: The use of mobile phones, cameras and recording equipment is not allowed when viewing material from the Photographs Collection. 

Access to material: Material from this collection are stored in environmentally-controlled store or being temporarily kept offsite. To view material and to ensure it is available, it is essential that an appointment is made by contacting the team at the Photographs Collection on +44 (0)20 7307 3710/3684 (phone line open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm) or by emailing Photo@riba.org before any visit. 

 

  

Display of drawings from the RIBA's collections
Display of drawings from the RIBA's collections

Drawings and Archives Collections

Until 2017, due to construction work being carried out at the V&A, access to the RIBA Study Rooms is restricted and is by advanced appointment only (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). For more details go to our news page.

Location: RIBA Architecture Study Rooms, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Entry: Entry to the Study Rooms is free, but must be booked in advance by telephoning the Study Rooms on +44 (0)20 7307 3708 (phone line open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 5pm) or by emailing  drawings&archives@riba.org .  

Once an appointment has been arranged, researchers will be collected and escorted into the building at 10.15am and 2.15pm. There will be a morning or afternoon appointment (with the opportunity to work through the whole day). The Meeting Point for the collections is the landing space ouside the National Art Library, level 3. Researchers can bring their coats and bags with them to the Study Rooms where coat racks and lockers will be available. Please note, there is some stairs on route so please let us know in advance if you have any access requirements. If you arrive later than these times, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to arrange for you to be collected on demand as this depends on staff availability. However, if you know that you are unable to arrive for these times, please contact us in advance.

The Study Rooms will close for lunch between 1pm and 2.15pm. Visitors will be escorted out at 1pm and those who have booked an all-day session can join the afternoon collection at 2.15pm to be escorted back in. The Study Rooms close at 5pm. If you need to leave the Study Rooms outside of these times, please let us know on the day and we can arrange for you to be escorted back to the public areas of the museum.

Personal photography: Readers may photograph certain materials within the Reading Rooms of the British Architectural Library, free of charge and for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study only

Access to material: Materials from these collections are held in stores both at the V&A and off-site. V&A materials should be requested at least a day in advance and you can book an appointment by telephoning the Study Rooms on +44 (0)20 7307 3708 (phone line open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm) or by emailing drawings&archives@riba.org .Visitors can bring pencils, paper and laptop computers to make notes (ink is not allowed). If you wish to view any materials held at the library outstore please contact us at least two weeks in advance. Please note that access to these materials may be available on a monthly appointment-only basis.

Readers are asked to read and sign the reader information form before requesting to view any material from the Drawings and Archives Collections.

PDF   Reader information form
File size: 123 kB

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