How to find LEGO set instructions, and building instructions for custom LEGO models
This page helps you to find LEGO instructions online for all kinds of sets - official LEGO company sets (old, retired and new), and custom LEGO models as well. Most of them can be downloaded, but you can also find ways to get original printed instructions.
- Have you lost the instructions for your favorite LEGO set?
- Do you want to see LEGO instructions for a set you don't own yet?
- Are you yearning for the instructions for a set you used to own when you were a kid?
- Would you like to find instructions for unique custom models?
- Are you looking to build retired LEGO sets and you need the instructions?
Then this is the place! Read on for answers and resources to help you find those elusive instructions...
Don't panic if you've lost your LEGO instructions - you can find them again!
If you're seeking lost instructions for a recent set you own, you can contact LEGO customer service and they'll send you new instructions - for a small fee.
If you'd rather get your instructions right away, several sites provide an archive of LEGO building instructions, and allow you to download them so you can print yourself a new copy.
To find what you're looking for, you need some information about the original set. The set number is most useful, as most of the sites index by this. Next most useful is the name (which varies between countries, even in the same language!) But even if you don't have either of these, so long as you know something about the set, you can probably find it.
Assuming you know the official LEGO set number, or at least part of the name...
Try the LEGO company's own site and enter the number or choose a category of sets to pick from, or search by a keyword in the set name.
Still no joy? Let's try another site. Go to Worldbricks, choose Instructions Number and pick a number range from the dropdown list at the top of the screen, or Instructions Theme and pick a starting letter from the dropdown list.
Without knowing the number or name, you can still find the set. Several sites provide databases of lego sets which you can search by theme, or using a single word you remember from the set name, or even just something related. Try LUGNET or Peeron, which will link you to instructions once you find the set.
You can even buy an original copy of instructions if you'd like to have the real thing. This catalog page on Bricklink allows you to find a set by theme, promotion or year, or search by set number. Once you get to the page for the set you're looking for, click on "Instructions Entry" below the small pictures.
when the standard LEGO sets are not enough...
Given the huge numbers of LEGO fans online, adult and youth, it's not surprising that some of them create instructions - some free and some not - so that you can build your own versions of their models. A Google search on "custom LEGO instructions" will find all kinds of interesting things but here are some sites to get you started:
The very best resource for custom instructions used to be the Building Instructions Portal, or BIP. Unfortunately the website no longer exists, but you can still see much of the content using the internet archive Wayback Machine. Links from this page may be broken but it's worth exploring. Scroll down the page to see the list of categories.
Brickshelf.com is an image archive service for LEGO creations, and some people display instructions there too.
Other individual sites include:
Cubiculus.com Small buildings, vehicles and train cars
Lions Gate Models (my site): Large, detailed LEGO City building instructions such as this Car Ferry model.
My instructions come on CDs for US$15 each, with multiple models per CD (and shipping is free anywhere in the world). You can also download a bundle of instructions (equivalent to a CD) for $12, or download individual model instructions for US$7 each.
You can also visit the LEGO "Design by Me" site, where many fans have created models and uploaded them to the LEGO company site.
LEGO Official Instructions sites
Sites which archive official LEGO set instructions
Information about building instructions for Lego-sets
- LEGO.com Building Instructions Home Page
Official LEGO company building instructions download page
- Cubiculus.com - LEGO building instructions
Lego set instruction for building, lego building ideas.
- Peeron Instruction Scan Archive
More LEGO set instructions to download
My Custom LEGO CIty Models - All photos (c) kevinw1
The Buying LEGO FAQ
Where to find it, best deals, new and used LEGO...
I maintain a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions page) about how best to buy bulk LEGO bricks, LEGO spare parts, minifigs (people), etc - including Duplo, Mindstorms and technic as well as regular System LEGO. If you're planning on buying any LEGO sets or pieces, take a look here first :
What do you call Instructions?
While the LEGO company calls them LEGO "Instructions", there are other names for them too. LEGO plans, directions and patterns are all ways of naming the same thing: those pages of (almost) wordless pictures which teach you exactly how to make an amazing LEGO creation. I wonder if IKEA modeled their wordless building instructions for their furniture on LEGO instructions? Is it something in the air in Scandinavia?
More LEGO information by me here on Hubpages
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- LEGO City Videos
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- LEGO Space Shuttle Sets
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What do you think? - Know of more sources for instructions? Let me know!
andrea-sperling-79 on May 05, 2014:
HALLELUJAH!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
angelatvs on February 09, 2014:
Great resource! Thanks
PatrickHayes76 on August 24, 2013:
Huge fan of LEGO. Thank you for this great information. I have lost so many instruction booklets from my youth it isn't even funny!
Rick King from Charleston, SC on August 20, 2013:
My son has a room full of legos, so now I know to point him in this direction to find some custom instructions.
jura on August 19, 2013:
Lego blocks are very relaxing but also time consuming , great lens .
Kevin Wilson 2 (author) on July 11, 2013:
@anonymous: If you mean set 10229, ski resort / Winter Village Cottage, you can find the instructions by searching for the set number on the LEGO.com site at
anonymous on July 10, 2013:
Hi, do you know of any instructions for building the ski lift or ski resort? Thanks,
Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on June 05, 2013:
There are some very nice lego creation in you photos, my kids and grandkids loved legos. My daughter and her husband went to LEGOLAND for their honeymoon.
anonymous on April 21, 2013:
Know of more sources for instructions? Let me know!
www.worldbricks.com. This is a great big lego instruction database.
SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on February 22, 2013:
I wish all this had been available years ago when my sons were young.
intmktcenter on January 20, 2013:
I want to buy for my kid
rdcbizz on December 16, 2012:
Great lens. I can use this.
anonymous on December 16, 2012:
I need simple instruction for my 6 & 8 year old grandchildren. The lego I have was my sons from the 70' & 80'.
lucky_strike on November 30, 2012:
Love the boat lego. Nice lens!
joehelms on November 05, 2012:
Love the grand-piano video. I wish they sold that as a kit
oktoys on September 01, 2012:
Nice lens, LEGO instructions come in handy, you have one more LEGO Ideas book review here: http://oktoys.blogspot.com/2012/04/lego-ideas-book... Thank you for sharing this useful information.
nicks44 on August 25, 2012:
Beautiful, I grew up with these things, do you realize how many memories I have when seeing a lens about them ... Oh ... :)
itravel2004 lm on August 09, 2012:
Kevin Wilson 2 (author) on August 07, 2012:
@anonymous: Thanks for the addition, Brian
anonymous on August 06, 2012:
Hello... Just curious why don't you have LetsBuildItAgain.com under "LEGO Official Instructions sites"? It's a great site and an excellent resource!
Writer783 on July 29, 2012:
Great lens! I never knew there was so much to Lego
drsalm on July 28, 2012:
Nice lens! Congrats! I even found something suitable for my nephew.
Haveagood1 on July 12, 2012:
Great lens! Very useful.
xtremescooters on July 10, 2012:
You really have done a great job with this lego instructions lens! It's a wonderful resource to turn to for all Lego lovers. Thank you.
jediboy on July 06, 2012:
That was great reading! Some really nice models there, also I've found so many more links, for that I had no idea! Thanks!
oakstreet on June 02, 2012:
It was always fun to play with lego. Although I didn't know who made this but for sure it was just a great idea. It made the world full of fun building blocks.Great len and a "like" from me.
genuineaid lm on May 22, 2012:
I like the Lego piano video :)
aksem on April 06, 2012:
Thank you. You helped me much. I was looking for lost instruction for one of my granson's LEGO sets
HomeschooledKid1 on March 28, 2012:
Great lens! (I love instructions, and to build!)
Alan from Mobile, AL on March 26, 2012:
Great instructions. I really like the custom models you have built. Trying to get my son more interested in making custom models
brynimagire on March 20, 2012:
Nice building. Great lens !
Gabriel360 on March 03, 2012:
nhotdeals on February 28, 2012:
Great lens. My grandmother used to get us Lego with Corn Flakes Box Tops
MGuberti on February 28, 2012:
Wow. I love the legos!
Scraps2treasures on February 25, 2012:
My husband has some kits from when he was a kid that no longer have instructions. I will have to share this great lens with him. Thanks for putting all the information together!
PecjakJN on February 24, 2012:
very nice beautiful leans thanks for sharing!
MGuberti on February 22, 2012:
I love this lens!
vinc18 on February 18, 2012:
Hi, I added this your lens in my lens "Do It Yourself Ideas"
MelonyVaughan on February 08, 2012:
I've loved LEGO since childhood. Thanks for this wonderful lens!
oakstreet on February 06, 2012:
Your LEGO piano looks like the lego piano I have at home. Very similar to mine except the chair. Great len and I always like to play with lego even I am not a kid anymore.A "like" from me.
Tjoedhilde on February 05, 2012:
I love LEGO, the piano is really cool.:)
anonymous on February 05, 2012:
RandomChuck on January 29, 2012:
It's amazing what you can do with little blocks of plastic. Those ships are impressive. Great lens.
TheHealthCabin on January 26, 2012:
My husband always spends the Christmas holidays building Lego! Great lens, Thank you.
legohq on January 24, 2012:
Ram Ramakrishnan on January 21, 2012:
Lego is the ideal means of growing young. Enjoyable lens.
davidleetong lm on January 16, 2012:
Huge awesome lens... thanks for the reference :D
dannystaple on January 09, 2012:
I love that you have instructions for your own models - I should use squidoo to publish some of mine. It is worth noting that a number of models on Peeron have scanned instructions - ie http://www.peeron.com/scans/6199-1/. These are free!
Edutopia on January 02, 2012:
You can never go wrong with LEGO blocks. Hours and hours and hours of my childhood were devoted to these wonderful toys with or without instruction sets.
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on December 30, 2011:
Lego is still the best creative toy in my opinion. And it is great for ALL ages. Yes, even for grown -ups;-)
jadehorseshoe on December 19, 2011:
baby-strollers on December 07, 2011:
Love that willys jeep! In lego, awesome!
Stevesound3 on December 06, 2011:
ahhh, legos... one word describing so much of my childhood
kokchoquan on December 05, 2011:
Nice job, remind me about my child time
kerryhrabstock on November 26, 2011:
Come visit Central Florida. Our new Legoland just opened. You'd love it.
toyfairy on November 18, 2011:
Great lens! My boys love Lego!
keinan on November 14, 2011:
markettrol on November 08, 2011:
Have you heard of Legos with dinosaurs???
Great Lens...very helpful....thanks
FreelancinFran on October 28, 2011:
Now THAT is a Lego set! Awesome!
DesignedbyLisa LM on October 14, 2011:
Great page! Good job.
anonymous on October 07, 2011:
some really good instructions here.
adamfrench on September 19, 2011:
Fantastic idea and use for a lens, thank you
camshaw007 lm on September 13, 2011:
Awesome lens, lego rocks!
anonymous on September 01, 2011:
cool page i used to play all the time with my mam and dad
fireblazzer on August 16, 2011:
nice page, i used to play with legos all the time when i was a kid.
LukeJB on August 12, 2011:
Great lens - loads of useful information. Good work!!
Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on July 22, 2011:
Legos span the test of time. Our whole family loves them!
pyramidsphinx on July 03, 2011:
Wow that seems like so much fun!
JeanJohnson LM on July 02, 2011:
This is a great idea for a page. I look forward to building some new items with my kids! thank you
MyNashville360 on June 24, 2011:
Cool lens! I love building with legos with my little boy all of the time. Thanks for the ideas.
anonymous on June 08, 2011:
Nice lens and great resource!
anonymous on June 08, 2011:
Nice lens and great resource! Thanks
Linda Pogue from Missouri on June 08, 2011:
This Lego lens is great. My son was always losing his instructions, so I am sure there is a need for this. Thanks!
pimbels lm on May 25, 2011:
I use LEGOs in my miniature house. Thank you for sharing and I Favorited It to come back again.
darciefrench lm on May 23, 2011:
We are big fans of building with Legos in our house -:)
KayeSI on May 20, 2011:
What a great resource! Thank you. My grandchildren LOVE their old AND new LEGOs so I will save the link for this.
thesuccess2 on May 18, 2011:
I remember when there were only plain white bricks!
LegoLegoLego on May 15, 2011:
You got Fabulous Custom Lego Instructions Here, well done! GREAT LENS
Nany Palacio on May 01, 2011:
My Daughters are only 2 1/2 and 16 months old... and I think I should give them a lego toys... it helps them a lot to build and be more creative. great lens!!
heehaw lm on April 25, 2011:
i never had a chance to play lego during my childhood. but i always wanted to have a lego set when i was a child
Philippians468 on April 13, 2011:
i love lego! thank you for sharing this! cheers
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on April 08, 2011:
Will Lego ever die? I doubt it. This has been one of the most amazing toy products to stand the test of time. I still enjoy building houses the best though, that and vehicles that move.
mahimattphoto on April 03, 2011:
Nice lens don't do much legoing but I used to and it brings me back!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 03, 2011:
Very comprehensive lens! I'm sure you made some Lego fans very happy with all of these ideas and resources. Nicely done!
BuildingBlockToys on March 30, 2011:
I'm a huge fan of Lego. Made a couple of lenses on Lego building sets myself. But I've never tried going in for custom builds. Maybe I will after seeing this lens... will have to stop by often, mate. Great work!
antoivo lm on March 27, 2011:
I have just started a blog on blogger and have included this lens as a resource for lego instructions hope you don`t mind :)
KatrinaJames on March 22, 2011:
antoivo lm on March 20, 2011:
Aww mate this is so so cool what a great lens you have created here you are my new FRIEND and lens rolling this now to all my lego lens`s big like my friend well done.
norma-holt on March 20, 2011:
This is a really nice lens on a unique topic. Featured on Kids Toys. Suggest you move this comment box to the bottom or people will take off without seeing the rest of the lens,
JoshK47 on March 19, 2011:
Great lens! I miss playing with Legos, I may have to pick up one of the more complicated kits for myself.
anonymous on March 10, 2011:
Another site I have found for free Lego instructions is Lego Brick Instructions. I have used it on many occasions to look up the old sets that I used to have, that I now build with my kids. Thanks for a great lens!!
hayleylou lm on February 16, 2011:
**Blessed** by the Squid Angel for legos and featured on my Squidoo Angel for Lego lens :)
hayleylou lm on February 16, 2011:
**Blessed** by the Squid Angel for legos and featured on my Squidoo Angel for Lego lens :)
JimDuke on February 11, 2011:
You know I lived in Germany as a kid, and I grew up on Lego's (in the late 60's). I still have some left from those days. I don't think anyone in the US had a clue what they were back then, or gummi bears for that matter! You lens brings back some memories for sure.
Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on February 04, 2011:
Lego is the best thing ever. Great lens!
ezpostcard on January 06, 2011:
I love Lego! It's the reason why I dream to be an architect. I miss played it! :)
BackPorchView on November 12, 2010:
I think I managed to save every instruction book for all of my childhood LEGO sets. I just started building Knight's Castle 6073 from 1984 with my son. Great resource for those who have lost their instructions :)
Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on October 30, 2010:
Thanks for the information! We sometimes pick up Lego Sets at garage sales and they don't always have the instructions.
jlshernandez on September 26, 2010:
I still have my son's Lego kit stashed away in the laundry room and he is now 37 years old.
stevetyke on August 06, 2010:
What a very useful lens you have created here. When I was a child I used to use Lego with my
model railway set.