Our 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.

The Archive contains Soane’s business and personal papers.


You can visit the Research Library and Archive by appointment, Wednesday to Friday 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00.  

To make an appointment please email library@soane.org.uk or phone 020 7440 4251.

Appointments can occasionally be made for a Saturday afternoon, 14:00-17:00 depending on library staff availability. We strongly encourage visitors to make appointments two weeks in advance, as space is very limited.  The Library is on the first floor and is not accessible to wheelchair users. However, staff are happy to bring drawings, books and archives down to the ground floor on a Monday (when the Museum is closed) or at other times by appointment.

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.


Image reproduction requests and related questions should be sent to the Picture Library. Please click here to find out more.