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

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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

New Gods and Old

23 August 2016

In some ways, the “discovery” of America opened the mental horizons of Europeans: Montaigne’s essay “On Cannibals” (1580) was a landmark in relativism. In others, the discoveries confirmed what Europeans had long thought but not actually been able to prove....

Black Abolitionist Performances and their Presence in Britain

12 August 2016

Posted by Mahendra Mahey on behalf of Hannah-Rose Murray, finalist of the BL Labs Competition 2016 Overview of the project The Black Abolitionist project focuses on African American lives, experiences and lectures in Britain between 1830-1895. It builds on my...

Robert Clive – ‘Rio Janeiro was my choice’

12 August 2016

As the eyes of the world focus on the Olympic Games in Brazil, I thought I’d share a story about Robert Clive’s stay in Rio de Janeiro in 1764. It was not a happy experience! Here is Clive telling us...

Hooked on Georeferencing

10 August 2016

Above: a map of Manhattan from the US subset. A funny thing happened last week as I noticed that the Georeferencer project's current phase had stalled around the 32% mark. Having checked on the project progress bar for a few...

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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