BFI Reuben Library

The Reuben Foundation have provided the principal funding to construct the BFI Reuben Library within BFI Southbank, the British Film Institute’s flagship venue in London.The BFI Reuben Library provides information on film, television and, increasingly, new media. Its priority is comprehensive coverage of the moving image in Britain from pre-cinema to the present, but the scope of the collection is international with material held in more than 15 languages.Researchers, students and moving image enthusiasts of all ages will be able to use the BFI Reuben Library’s collections and resources daily. The BFI Reuben Library will also lead to the creation of a BFI Academy for young people wanting to enter the film industry.

Designed by award-winning Coffey Architects, the BFI Reuben Library cleverly combines hanging metal mesh, timber bookcases and subtle new lighting to create a rich, vibrant yet welcoming and calm space, which serves all manner of visitors.The new library will be the leading centre for film knowledge in the UK and will hold the world’s largest collection of written materials on film and television.

testimonials / comments

“We are delighted to support the BFI in creating the new BFI Reuben Library, which we hope will benefit film students, researchers and moving image enthusiasts of all ages for many years to come.”

The Reuben Foundation are already supporters of the British Film Institute and are represented on the BFI’s International Development Council.

In October 2012, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, visited the BFI Reuben Library to mark 60 years of the BFI’s first permanent cinema on London’s South Bank.