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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Lead Curator, Americas

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Curator for Canadian and Caribbean Collections

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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.

£16.00

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.

£10.00