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The RIBA Architecture Study Rooms

Architectural frieze drawing

Home to our Drawings and Archives

Our study rooms at the V&A are free to access and open to all.

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. 

Start your search

Search and locate catalogued material across our collections through the online catalogue.

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

Please note we will be closed Friday 13 December.

Planned closures

  • Christmas and New Year: Saturday 20 December 2019 to Thursday 2 January 2020 inclusive. Re-opening on Friday 3 January 2020.

Visitor Information

Admission

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.

Accessibility

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.

Wi-Fi

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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