Architecture library now free to all

Lovers of London are in for a big treat as more than four million previously unseen pictures and historic records of London will be available, free to all
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Carnaby Street in the swinging Sixties
© RIBA/John Donat
Carnaby Street in the swinging Sixties
An incredible collection of books, manuscripts, archives, drawings, photographs and models in the The Royal Institute of British Architects library can be explored by appointment at 66 Portland Place, Wl, and the extension at the V&A museum.

Not only fascinating pictures of lost and ancient buildings, and intricate detailed drawings made by great architects of famous buildings, but also historic records of work-a-day architects as they created London’s streetscape.

When the RIBA was founded in 1834 it asked members to lodge their works and biographies. So the history of your street is there to be discovered. Prints are available of interior designs, landscapes, and parks.

This is the largest and most comprehensive architecture resource in Europe. Photographs are in the RIBA, drawings and archives at the V&A.

Visit and To book an appointment call 020 7580 5533.

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