Libraries and Archives are major resources at the Architectural Association, consisting of the AA Library, the AA Photo Library and the AA Archives.

The collection in the AA Library, founded in 1862, contains almost 46,000 volumes, including rare and early works, books, periodicals and journals, CDs/DVDs including access to online indexes and JSTOR. Library services are open to all members of the AA.


The AA Archives documents and makes available the AA’s educational, administrative and cultural history. Its collections consist of approximately 10,000 student drawings, models and digital portfolios, alongside ephemera recording political and cultural student activities from the 1850s onwards. Also included within the collections are 800 cubic-feet of textual material, comprising primarily of administrative, teaching and student records, including minute books, registers and correspondence.

AA members, students and researchers in the fields of architectural education and history are welcome.

AA Photo Library

Founded in the 1890s, the Photo Library holds 500,000 images including lantern slides, transparencies, negatives and prints. It is home to important collections of photographs by FR Yerbury, Reyner Banham, Eric de Maré and Robin Evans. In addition to 45,000 digital images of recent student life, the Library holds photographs of AA student work in the form of 100,000 negatives, slides and digital files dating from the 1880s; and a collection of 20,000 negatives, prints and slides of AA life, dating from the 1920s.

The AA Camera Club, Film Club, Cinema and Lecture Collection are run from the Photo Library.

Online Lectures and Lecture Archive
Lectures from the past five years are available to view on the AA website. The Photo Library additionally holds an important DVD collection of lectures, conferences, symposia and other events presented at the AA.

Dating back to the mid 1970s, the collection includes titles by many of the leading architects, artists, historians, and theorists of the last 40 years – including AA alumni such as Cedric Price, Peter Cook, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid.

The lecture archive is for the use of AA students, staff and members only.

Term-time opening hours

Please see individual pages or homepage for vacation opening times


Monday to Friday 10:00–21:00
Saturday 10:00–18:00

Photo Library

Monday to Friday 10:00–13:00, 14:00–18:00


Monday to Friday 10:30–17:30

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