Architectural Association Library

Founded in 1862, the Library holds more than 45,000 volumes on the history of architecture, architectural theory, contemporary architectural design, building types, interior design, landscape design and supplementary subjects. In addition to the most up-to-date publications, it houses rare and early works, plus special collections of material on the Modern Movement, international exhibitions and the history of architectural education at the AA. The Library’s online resources and databases are extensive; its e-journals and e-book collections also continue to expand. The Library receives print editions of around 150 architectural, art and technical journals, and holds a substantial number of important historical journals, including Wendingen and L’Architecture Vivante.



Monday 30 June – Friday 25 July : open 10-6, closed Saturdays
Monday 28 July – Sunday 31 August : closed
Monday 1 September – Friday 26 September : open 10-6, closed Saturdays
Normal term-time hours resume Monday 29 September : open 10-9, Saturday 11-5


During the summer vacation programme books can be borrowed over each weekend
from Friday 4pm to Monday 12midday.
From Thursday 24 July programme books can be borrowed over the library summer closure
and must be returned by 12midday on Monday 1 September.
Two programme books per person, no normal ‘reference ‘ books, no tutors own books,
no interlibrary loans.

Library Guides

The following guides are available for download (PDF format):
Library Guide
Shelf Locations Plan
Using the library catalogue
Finding journal articles and journals
Advanced searching techniques
Finding and using Ebooks

Library Policies

The Library's loan, reference and information services are available to staff and students of the AA School and members of the Association. Please see the AA Membership webpage for further details. New members, please allow 24 hours before your library account is activated.

Loan Policies

Undergraduate students - 10 items
Graduate students - 12 items
Staff - 12 items
Members - 8 items

Loan items can normally be borrowed for a period of up to three weeks. Programme books can be borrowed from 3pm Saturdays until 12pm Mondays.

Book Reservations

Books can be reserved in person at the library issue desk, by telephone, email or via the online catalogue. Only those books which are currently out on loan can be reserved. An email will be sent when the reserved item is available for collection. Reserved items will be kept for 10 working days at the issue desk.

Library Bookstore Collection

Bookstore items requested before Midday should be available in the afternoon. Books requested after Midday will be available in the afternoon of the following week day. Please note there are no bookstore collections on Saturdays.

Book Renewals

Books can be renewed in person at the library issue desk, by telephone, email or via the online catalogue using the requests tab.
The only exceptions to this rule are:
1) If someone else has reserved the book.
2) If you have already renewed the book twice consecutively.
3) If you owe more than £5 in estimated fines.

AA Theses

AA Theses can be searched via the online catalogue by selecting the 'AA Theses' search on the right hand side. Theses are located both in the library and in the bookstore, which need to be requested in advance. They can only be used between 10:00-17:50, Monday-Friday. Photocopying, scanning and photography is strictly forbidden.

Overdue Books

Overdue material is charged at the following rates: loan items 10p per day, per item; Programme Books £5 per day (deadline for return: 12pm Mondays). Overdue notices will be sent out on Mondays by email. It is the responsibility of students and members to ensure that the AA Registrar or Membership Office holds their current email and street address.

Lost Books

If a book has been lost, it is important that the Library be informed of this as soon as possible. The normal overdue fines and procedure will apply to lost items if the Library has not been informed of the loss. It is the user's responsibility to replace any lost items to a time schedule set by the Library, otherwise a processing fee of £50 per item will apply.

Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00
Sat: 11:00 - 17:00

Contact details

Librarian: Eleanor Gawne
Special Collections
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4035

Deputy Librarian:
Aileen Smith
New Aquisitions / Programme Books
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4032

AA Archivist:
Edward Bottoms
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4049

Inter-Library Loans Librarian/Cataloguer:
Beatriz Flora
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4106

Serials Librarian/Systems administrator: Simine Marine
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4117

Renewals / Reservations
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4036

The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:


The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.