Our library on the third floor of 66 Portland Place in London offers access to books, periodicals, and photographs in the RIBA Collections. Our collections range from 15th century illustrated texts to the latest architectural journals and photographs from around the world.
Usual opening hours are:
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11am to 5pm
- Tuesday: 12pm to 7pm
- Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed
Upcoming seasonal closure: the library will be closed on Friday 15 December for an all staff meeting, and will close at 7pm on Tuesday 19 December 2023 for the holidays, reopening at 11am on Wednesday 3 January 2024
The RIBA Study Rooms at the V&A will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 14 December 2023 for the Christmas holidays and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 3 January 2024
To keep updated on evolving library guidelines, please review the Information for Researchers (PDF) document. Please do not travel to the building if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Entry is free and everyone is welcome. You will be asked to sign in with a photo ID or RIBA membership card.
Food and drink are not permitted in the reading room and bags must be left in the free lockers provided.
Access to materials
For access to photographs collections, please email email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
Many of our books and journals can be browsed on open-access shelving. Closed-access books and journals can be requested on the day of your visit.
For access to our drawings and archives collections, please visit the RIBA Architecture Study Rooms at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Step-free access is available by lift to the third floor. Guide dogs are welcome.
Photography, reprographics and Wi-Fi
Photography of books and periodicals is permitted for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study. Please read our personal photography policy before visiting.
A scanner and free Wi-Fi are available.
Revisiting the Collections
Our items have been collected and catalogued over almost two centuries, with some items dating back to the 15th century. Some materials and descriptions contain outdated and offensive language or need further contextualising. We are working to address this and to ensure that our collections and descriptions are appropriate to our audiences today.