Our extensive resources include collections on the USA, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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St Pancras Reading Rooms

At St Pancras we have 11 Reading Rooms, each specialising in a different subject area or type of material and with different opening hours. In our Reading Rooms you can:

  • Consult books, journals and other items from our collections
  • Access a wide range of electronic resources and electronic journals
  • Ask for help from information specialists at the Reference Enquiry desks
  • Consult subject guides, bibliographies and other research aids

You’ll need a Reader Pass

Opening hours for all Reading Rooms

Blog posts

Call of the Wild: Animal Tales

03 August 2015

our latest exhibition, Animal Tales, opens on Friday (7 Aug), offering a menagerie of wild beasts, companionable pets, and the sounds of ocean creatives and birds set among a mini-forest of trees, all nestling under the Grade I-listed King's Library Tower. - See more at: http://www.typepad.com/site/blogs/6a00d8341c464853ef0120a63638e0970c/compose/preview/post#sthash.1jhEAYeQ.dpuf

Homes Illustrated

01 August 2015

In yesterday's post on writers' libraries, I mentioned Homes of American Statesmen (1854, but printed in 1853), which is widely considered to include the first example of a type of photograph used as an illustration in an American book (i.e.,...

Three American Libraries from Homes of American Authors (1853)

31 July 2015

Some real estate for Friday: Homes of American Authors (New York, 1853). A collection of somewhat florid travelogues composed by several writers and published by G. P. Putnam & Co. as a 'gift book', this work successfully began the America...

Loyalist Lawyers: Exiles from the American Revolution

29 July 2015

Above: A Copy of Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre, The Massachusetts Calender, for...1772...By Philomathes [from our 'American revolution' web resource] [This year the British Library Americas Blog and U.S. Studies Online will be publishing a series of posts...

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Staff experts

Dr Matthew Shaw

Lead Curator, Americas

Dr Phil Hatfield

Curator for Canadian and Caribbean Collections

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Digital Library of the Caribbean

a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean

Library and Archives Canada

shared documentary heritage of all Canadians and spans the entire history of our country


Caribbean Roots: Black British and Caribbean Poets

Caribbean Roots: Black British and Caribbean Poets read their own work

Caribbean poems feature in this CD, the perfect gift for lovers of Caribbean writing. This 2-CD collection brings together 58 recordings of 10 Black British and Caribbean poets.


Declaration of Independence baseball

Declaration of Independence baseball

This colourful and compelling baseball features the heading from the Declaration of Independence along with signatures from the original document.