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  

Information Centre
opening hours

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 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 
opening hours

(includes the 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 
opening hours

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, London 
opening hours

(includes the 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 late May 2015, our Study Rooms will not be open on Thursdays)


Library SEASONAL Opening hours and closures



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.

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. Dates for 2015 are to be confirmed.

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.