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The RIBA Architecture Study Rooms

Architectural frieze drawing

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Urgent update about COVID-19

Due to the government’s advice to limit social contact at this time, our public buildings and exhibitions at RIBA 66 Portland Place, London (including the gallery, library, bookshop and bar) and RIBA North, Liverpool are now closed.

In addition, all physical events from the RIBA are now either cancelled or postponed until further notice. If you have booked onto an event, you will receive an email from the event organiser.

Our study rooms at the Victoria & Albert Museum offer access to the drawings, archives, manuscripts, objects and artefacts in the RIBA Collections, with everything from original 15th century drawings to new designs by practicing architects. Alongside our world-class collections you'll find knowledgeable staff and quiet study facilities, all housed within the world's leading museum of art and design.

Image: 1860 sketched elevation for a decorative frieze for the South Kensington Museum (V&A), RIBA Collections. 

Plan your visit

RIBA Architecture Study Rooms
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL

Opening hours

Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 5pm 

Planned Closures 2020

  • Easter - Friday 10 April to Monday 12 April inclusive
  • Early May Bank Holiday - Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May inclusive
  • Spring Bank Holiday - Saturday 23 May to Monday 26 May inclusive
  • Annual Summer Closure - dates to be confirmed (usually two or three weeks in August)
  • Christmas and New Year holiday - dates to be confirmed

Visitor Information


Admission is free and open to all, but we highly recommend that you book an appointment in advance. You will be asked to complete a reader registration form on arrival.

The easiest route to the study rooms is via the Exhibition Road entrance to the V&A. Go through the shop and take the lift to the third floor. 

Food and drinks are not permitted in the study rooms and bags must be left in the free lockers provided.

Access to materials

Please request the materials you wish to consult in advance of your visit so that we can retrieve them for you. Due to the size of our collections, some items are housed offsite. Depending on the volume and condition of the material required, it may be possible to arrange access to our offsite store by prior appointment.


Step-free access is available via the Exhibition Road entrance to the V&A and by lift to the third floor. Guide dogs are welcome.  

Photography and reprographics

Photography is permitted for most of the items in the collection for the purpose of non-commercial research or private study. Please read our photography policy before visiting.  

We also offer a digitisation-on-demand service for drawings, manuscripts, photographs and material too fragile to be copied. Please contact us for further information about our reprographics services.


Free Wi-Fi is available to readers.

Contact us

Public information line, open Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Members information line, open Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm +44 (0)20 7307 3600

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