The RIBA's British Architectural Library is, in effect, the national collection for architecture, other parts of which are at RIBA in Portland Place.

The materials housed at the V&A include architectural drawings, written documents, models, drawing instruments, portraits, medals, furniture and objects associated with architects.

These archives are open to the public as a source for research, but access is by pre-booked appointment only. See the website for further details.

The archives are located next to The V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery, a permanent exhibition encompassing artefacts that span 2,500 years of architecture from across the world.

RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

Free to all

Riba Architecture Study Rooms, V&A, Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL

020 7307 3708


Opening times

Access is on a pre-booked research appointment basis at 10.15am and 2.15pm on Tue, Wed and Fri. Closes at 5pm. For Study Room appointments please e-mail: drawings& or phone the RIBA Study Room desk on 020 7307 3708.

Exhibitions nearby

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