Research Library

The Drawings Archive and Research Library

The Research Library contains Soane’s collection of 30,000 architectural drawings and 10,000 books along with a small working Library of modern books and information files on Soane, Robert Adam and other relevant architects or areas of interest.  The Archive contains Soane’s business and personal papers.

Soane's book collections are stored in bookcases throughout the Museum, as well as in the Library itself. For an insight into how Soane's love of literature and books influenced his collecting and the design of his house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, as well as an insight into some of the treasures of the Collection, then please see our Bibliomania Trail for a literary tour of the Museum.

Written (by post or email) and telephone queries about all the Museum’s collections are welcomed.

The collection of 30,000 drawings is available on microfilm.  This is available commercially (many libraries in Europe and America have copies of it) and is also available in the Museum.  Members of staff are happy to advise anyone who cannot call in person to access the microfilm of an appropriate institution where they could see it.

Catalogues of collections available in the Library are available online here and are regularly added to.  Access to the library are by appointment only - please see our Appointments page for details of how to book a visit.

For information on how you can help ensure the preservation of this unique resource, please visit our Book Conservation page, or, alternatively, our entry on Just Giving for the Eileen Harris Book Conservation Fund.

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