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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

20th Century Panoramaniac

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I love panoramas and this one inspired my love of the Alps and mountain mapping. Heinrich Berann, [Jungfraubahn mountain railroad, Switzerland], 1939. British Library Maps 1060.(4.). Panoramas form a fascinating niche collection within the 4.5 million maps in the British...

The pianist who transformed the Cold War

Monday, November 21, 2016

In 1958, a 23-year-old Texan pianist named Van Cliburn arrived in Moscow to try his luck in the first International Tchaikovsky Competition. With Cold War tensions soaring and a Soviet pianist already selected as the intended winner, few thought an...

Black Abolitionist Performances and their Presence in Britain - An update!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Posted by Hannah-Rose Murray, finalist in the BL Labs Competition 2016. Reflecting back on an incredible and interesting journey over the last few months, it is remarkable at the speed in which five months has flown by! In May, I...

Environments: Irv Teibel and the psychoacoustic record

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Earlier in the year the Irv Teibel Archive generously donated a complete set of the hugely influential environments LP series to the British Library. This collection of environmental field recordings, released over a 10 year period from 1969 - 1979,...

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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