The British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects is one of the most important collection of architectural materials in the world. The collections include books and journals, drawings, archives and photographs covering architectural law and practice, architectural history, building types, the architecture of specific countries or regions, sustainability and town planning. Entry is free to the public.
The British Library is the country's comprehensive national collection. As a repository library adding more than 3 million items to their stock every year, the BL should have a copy of any printed monograph published in the UK.
Membership of the BL is free, but you must sign up for a Reader Pass in advance. For more information, visit the British Library's membership page.
The Senate House Library is the central library for the University of London and School of Advanced Study. Members have access to beautiful study spaces in Bloomsbury, outstanding Arts, Humanities and Social Science Modern Collections, Special Collections, Archives and digital resource.
The Library offers a range of memberships, with free access for most University of London students and staff. You can pre-register online.
Did you know you can make use of other London university libraries? And use other HE libraries during the summer vacation period via the SCONUL scheme? This could be particularly helpful if you live in another part of London or usually return home to another part of the UK outside of term time.
For a full list of access arrangements and details of what you'll need to do to apply, visit the UCL web pages about other libraries.