Library opening hours

The Library's sites, services and collections operate different opening hours, please check our seasonal closures before your visit. 

  

British Architectural Library

Between Thursday 18 December 2014 and Monday 5 January 2015 there will be temporary changes to the opening hours of all Library sites, collections and services.   

Library SEASONAL Opening hours and closures

Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015

All dates given below are inclusive. From Thursday 18 December 2014 there will be temporary changes to the opening hours of all Library sites, collections and services. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday 6 January 2015, except for the Photographs Collection. 

Library opening hours during Christmas 2014
                                                                Drawings and Archives 
Collections / Study Rooms 

(at the V&A)
Information centre

Reading Room / Books and 
Periodicals Collections

(at 66 Portland Place)
RIBApix Photographs Collection

(at 66 Portland Place)
Thursday
18 December 2014 
closed  normal service 10am to 5pm  9am - 5pm 10am to 5pm   
Friday
19 December 2014
10am to 12pm (noon) reduced service closed     closed    closed  
Saturday
20 December 2014
closed   closed 10am to 1.30pm   closed   closed  
Sunday
21 December 2014
closed  closed  closed  closed   closed  
Monday
22 December 2014
closed  normal service 10am to 5pm  9am to 5pm   10am to 5pm  
Tuesday
23 December 2014
10am to 5pm   normal service 10am to 5pm  9am to 5pm   10am to 5pm  
Wednesday
24 December 2014
closed reduced service closed closed closed  
Thursday 25 December 2014  to
Sunday 4 January 2015
closed   closed closed    closed    closed  
Monday
5 January 2015
closed reopens and normal hours resume closed closed closed   
Tuesday
6 January 2015
reopens and normal hours resume normal service reopens and normal hours resume reopens and normal hours resume closed until late spring/
early summer 2015
 

  

General information about closures

  
Christmas and bank holidays

All Library sites and services are closed on the Saturday before English bank holidays and from Christmas until after the New Year bank holiday.

Summer
The Library's Reading Room (66 Portland Place) and RIBA Architecture Study Rooms (V&A) are also closed for part of the summer, but RIBApix, the Information Centre and the Library's telephone, email, fax and postal enquiry services remain available.

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.

 

normal Library opening hours 

These hours will operate from Monday 5 January 2015 onwards. Please note that the Photographs Collection is closed to visitors until late spring/early summer 2015.      

Information Centre

Our Information Centre operates an equiry service available to the public and our members:

Public Information Line
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3882

info centre
 Monday to Friday Open 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm  
 Saturday and Sunday Closed  

 

Members Information Line   
RIBA members only - please give your membership number   
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3600 

info centre
 Monday to Friday  Open 9.30am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 5pm
 Saturday and Sunday  Closed

 

Reading Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London 
(Books and Periodicals Collections) 

The Books and Periodicals Collections are located in the Reading Room

Please bring photographic ID for entry

Reading Room hours
Monday closed
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday  closed
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 1.30pm
Sunday closed

 

Robert Elwall Photographs Collection

The Photographs Collection is closed to visitors until late spring/early summer 2015.

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

RIBA Architecture Study Rooms, V&A 
(Drawings and Archives Collections) 

The Drawings and Archives Collections are accessed via the Study Rooms, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

Visiting is by advance appointment only

Reading Room hours
Monday closed
Tuesday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday  closed *
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday closed
Sunday closed

(* please note that until the end of January 2015, our Study Rooms will not be open on Thursdays)

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