Library opening hours

Our Library's sites, services and collections operate different opening hours. Please check our seasonal closures before your visit, as our sites and collections will be closed temporarily between early August and early September 2015.


British Architectural Library  


Reading Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place

(Books and Periodicals Collections)

The Books and Periodicals Collections are located in our 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


Photographs Collection 

The Robert Elwall Photographs Collection is closed to visitors until September 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 September 2015, our Study Rooms will not be open on Thursdays


Information Centre

Our Information Centre operates an enquiry 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 1pm and 2pm to 4pm  
 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 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
 Saturday and Sunday  Closed



Library closures

Our annual summer closure between August and September 2015 will affect both our sites and all our collections at the RIBA (66 Portland Place) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Please note, both sites will be operating different closure dates. Contact us if you have any questions.

Summer closure 2015

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

Saturday 1 August to Monday 31 August 2015
(dates inclusive) 
10am Tuesday 1 September 2015

Reading Room (66 Portland Place) /
Photographs, Books and Periodicals Collections

Sunday 2 August to Monday 7 September
(dates inclusive) 
10am Tuesday 8 September 2015  reopens


In London there are other libraries and institutions specialising in architecture and applied arts, which you may find useful while we are closed, some are listed here. Check with the individual libraries and institutions for their opening hours and entry requirements before your visit.

PDF Other Libraries in Greater London [325kB]



Christmas and bank holidays
All Library sites and services are closed on English bank holidays, the Saturday before each bank holiday and from Christmas until after the New Year bank holiday. Dates for 2015 to be confirmed.

The Library's collections, Reading Room (RIBA, 66 Portland Place) and RIBA Architecture Study Rooms (V&A) are closed to visitors for part of the summer, but RIBApix, the Information Centre and the Library's telephone and email services remain available during the closure. 

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 its services, visitors are strongly advised to revisit this page or to contact us for the latest information.