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

For enquiries, please contact the Reference Service

Blog posts


28 August 2015

Above: displays have always been a highlight. This was of our Edward Curtis materials, for students from NYU (image: PJH) Well, after five years as part of Team Americas (nine, if you count my time as an MA and PhD...

Team Americas meets Reverend Jesse Jackson

24 August 2015

Above: portraits from the works of William Wells Brown [BL: 10880.a.6] and Olaudah Equiano [BL: 1489.g.50], two items displayed for the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Last week Team Americas had the pleasure of putting on a small show of collection items...

Animal Tales exhibition list

14 August 2015

Animal Tales has been open for a week, and we're very pleased by the response so far. We've had lots of requests for a list of what is on display, so here it is 1. Looking at Animals Gilbert White,...

Over the Ice: Polar Exploration from the Air

10 August 2015

In case you missed Friday's lecture, we're re-posting this piece from our BL Science colleagues' blog. Over the summer the British Library Americas Blog and U.S. Studies Online will be publishing a series of posts as part of the Eccles...

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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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External links

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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.