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Discover the Library's collections

Everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy our collections in the British Architectural Library, located in our headquarters (66 Portland Place) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. With over four million books, journals, photographs, drawings and archives, we have one of the top architectural collections in the world. Admission is free.


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Collection The RIBA Library

The RIBA Library

Visit the British Architectural Library and our collections. Everyone is welcome and access is free.

Building Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial

A lavish memorial commissioned by the grief-stricken Queen Victoria and dedicated to the memory of her beloved husband Prince Albert.

Building Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

The work of several architects since the 18th century, it only became the main residence of British monarchs in 1837.

Online exhibition Explore Mackintosh

Explore Mackintosh

Discover more about the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Battersea Power Station

Once it supplied power to London, now Battersea is set to become one of the capital's newest residential neighbourhoods.


The Beeching Axe

The impact of the 'Beeching axe' report on Britain's railways is still felt half a century after its publication.


St Paul's Cathedral

Wren's masterpiece in the heart of London was a symbol of Britain's survival through the adversity of World War II.


Crittall Manufacturing Company

The Crittall Manufacturing Company has made an immense contribution to modern architecture in Britain and abroad.



Fritz Höger's brick masterpiece near the banks of the Elbe is one of the great examples of Expressionist architecture.


Claremont House mausoleum

After the death of Princess Charlotte in 1817, designs were made to turn part of Claremont House to a mausoleum.


Qutb Minar

This tower is one of the most remarkable ancient monuments in India and part of Delhi's skyline since 1192.


Anyone for tennis?

A drawing from the RIBA's collections reveals that Paris and Wiltshire were connected by tennis


Drawing Out Meaning

The collections of the RIBA tell us how the meaning of the drawings has changed during 400 years


Architecture at the end of 1912

The last years of the Edwardian era were yielding challenges, but left us a legacy of fine buildings and streetscapes.


London Olympic Stadium 1908

Originally built for the Franco-British Exhibition, the stadium in Shepherd's Bush was home to London's first Olympics


The mania for railways

The periodicals collection holds some news from over 150 years ago, when railways mania was sweeping the UK


A gift from Santiago Calatrava

Some of the books in the British Architectural Library at the RIBA have come from well-known names in architecture.


Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer was a pivotal figure in Modernism and the building of a new Brazil.


Calton Hill and its monuments

Contrary to popular belief, the Charles Robert Cockerell's monument overlooking Edinburgh was not left unfinished.


Central Park, New York

An article from 1862 reveals some of the early hopes for what is now the green heart of Manhattan.


Overcrowding in London in 1862

An article from 1862 highlights some of the appalling housing and working conditions in the capital during the mid-19th century.


Kingsway and Aldwych

At the beginning of the 20th century a new imperial avenue was being carved from the ancient streets of London.


Palazzo Tursi

Giovanni Ponzello's palazzo was to have an impact beyond Genoa and appear in Ruben's only book on architecture.


Wills Memorial Building

This astonishing Gothic-style building was completed in 1925, at a time when the Gothic style had largely faded away.


Berkeley Library, Trinity College

Ahrends Burton & Koralek's Brutalist library building represents the 20th century's contribution to the architecture of Trinity College, Dublin.


Peace Palace

The Peace Palace opened a year before the World War I, but it's lasting importance came after the conflict.


Stockwell Bus Garage

Stockwell bus garage is another piece of London's 'hidden' architecture that keeps the city moving.


Keeling House

Keeling House, was architect Denys Lasdun's attempt to break away from certain ideas of mass housing derived from Le Corbusier.



With a sense of optimism and vision, a new city was made possible in the middle of Brazil.


London Underground

Now over 150 years old, London's Metropolitan line was the world's first underground railway.


The Architecture of Railway Stations

How the railways and their architecture developed, from their revolutionary beginnings in the 19th century to their recent renaissance.


Robin Hood Gardens

The site for Robin Hood Gardens was not a promising one and posed challenges for its architects.


Tyne Bridge

An engineering landmark and a symbol of Newcastle.


London Zoo

The world's oldest zoo boasts a collection of unique buildings



Discover 150 years of architectural history from across the world through around 2000 journals titles at our British Architectural Library.


Ghoulishly Gothic

Discover some ghoulishy gothic images from our photographs and drawings archives


Charing Cross railway station

Having celebrated it's 150th anniversary, Charing Cross railway station is a true historic London landmark.


Church guides

The story of how 2,000 church guides, representing 1,000 years of architecture, found its way into the RIBA's collections.


Edwin Lutyens in 1913

1913 was a key year for Lutyens, marking his move from commissions for country houses to larger projects outside Britain.