Sorry this visit is now full. The RA Library is the oldest fine arts library in the UK, having begun when the Royal Academy was founded in 1768. The library was originally started to support the needs of the artists & architects studying in the newly formed RA Schools.
The Library still supports the post-graduate students in the RA Schools, but now also supports the staff involved in the other activities of the RA, e.g. curating and researching our exhibition programme, learning programme and publications. The library is also open to external researchers by appointment.
This visit is now FULLY BOOKED. The RA is a Membership organisation, run by a group of 80 artists & architects, known as Academicians. One of the core functions of the library is to collect all published material relating to the life and practice of all past and present Academicians.
The visit will include a talk about the history of the Library, why it was started and how it’s role has changed over the centuries, the current collecting policy and research tools, databases and cataloguing strategy.
This visit is Free.
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Accessibility: Please note there is a flight of 12 steps from the Print Room down to the RA Library. The steps are fitted with a wheel-chair lift. Should you need to use the chair-lift on the day, please make this clear on the booking form and special arrangements need to be made to operate the lift on the day.
There is a bicycle rack in the courtyard, and cycle hire stations on Sackville Street, within five minutes walk. We regret that we can’t accept folding bicycles in the cloakroom or in the galleries.
Cycle hire stations
Our closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus (on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) and Green Park (on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Oxford Circus and Bond Street are the nearest tube stations on the Central Line. Both are approximately five-ten minutes walk away.
Numerous bus routes stop on Piccadilly outside the Royal Academy and on nearby Regent Street.
For a map and further information on how to get there please see the Royal Academy website