Library services

The Library offers a range of on-site and remote services for our users.

Onsite and remote reprographic services are available for most of the books and journal articles held in our Library. Some material is available online via RIBApix. A photography service is available for items not suitable for our photocopying service and unavailable on RIBApix.

Please read our policy on personal photography before you visit us or request copies. 


Reprographic services


Two black and white photocopiers and a colour scanner are available to the public in the Library's Reading Room at the RIBA (66 Portland Place). For environmental reasons printing from the scanner is not possible, but PDF files from any scanning session can be saved on to a memory stick. Users are welcome to bring their own memory stick or to purchase one from the enquiry desk in the Reading Room. The photocopiers and scanner are operated using pre-paid and top-up photocopying cards which can be purchased from machines, also located in the Reading Room.

Remote copies

Anyone unable to visit in person can request photocopies of articles from books and journals to be sent to them, search the online catalogue to see what we have in the Library. For material not already on RIBApix, please use the photocopy order form and read the photocopy charges form below – RIBA members receive a discounted price. These are subject to the law of copyright and amending regulations.

For reasons of conservation, photocopying of fragile materials is not allowed; instead, a photography service for such items is available. 

We are unable to meet photocopy orders on demand. Please allow up to seven working days for your request to be processed. 

PDF Photocopy order form (PDF)
File size: 116kB
MS Word Photocopy order form (Word)  
File size: 86kB

PDF Photocopy charges
File size: 16kB

PDF Credit card payment form
File size: 115kB

Please send your forms to:

British Architectural Library 
Royal Institute of British Architects 
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

E-mail: (please mark your email 'Library Photocopying Service')


Photography service

An in-house photography service is available to attain high quality images of items from the collection and of items too fragile for self-service copying. Prices start from £24 for the photography of standard sized items, inclusive of the supply of a 300ppi JPEG file. A 50% discount is available for students. To view a complete price list and to order photography of any items, download a copy of the 'Photography Order Form'.

PDF Photography Order Form
File size: 270kB

Some photographs and images of items from the collections have been digitised and these can be viewed and purchased via the Library's online image database RIBApix



RIBApix covers world architecture of all periods together with related subjects such as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction and the decorative arts. Many of the images are also of social documentary importance.

All images on this site are the copyright of the RIBA, but low resolution copies may be downloaded free of charge for personal use or teaching purposes.

Higher resolution files suitable for most types of publication or prints for private use may be ordered through this site. Our Terms and Conditions give more information on reproduction rights.