We have some of the leading research collections in the world for the study of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the former USSR, giving strong support for research in arts and humanities, social sciences, Slavonic studies and Soviet and East and Central European studies.

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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

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Book Now! Nottingham @BL_Labs Roadshow event - Wed 3 Feb (12.30pm-4pm)

28 January 2016

Do you live in or near Nottingham and are available on Wednesday 3 Feb between 1230 - 1600? Come along to the FREE UK @BL_Labs Roadshow event at GameCity and The National Video Game Arcade, Nottingham (we have some places...

Come to our first @BL_Labs Roadshow event at #citylis London Mon 1 Feb (5pm-7.30pm)

27 January 2016

Labs Roadshow at #citylis London, Mon 1 Feb (5pm-7.30pm) Live in or near North-East London and are available on Monday 1 Feb between 1700 - 1930? Come along to the first FREE UK Labs Roadshow event of 2016 (we have...

Art and Politics: the work of Igor Cherchenko

25 January 2016

The British Library has just acquired the recently-published debut catalogue by the Vitebsk-born Israeli artist Igor Cherchenko, Zhivopis’, grafika = Paintings, graphics (2015; British Library LF.31.a.5194). I am grateful for an opportunity to introduce the book to the readers of...

BL Labs Competition and Awards for 2016

22 January 2016

Today the Labs team is launching the fourth annual Competition and Awards for 2016. Please help us spread the word by tweeting, re-blogging and telling anyone who might be interested about it! British Library Labs Competition 2016 The annual Competition...

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Designs for Nijinsky notecards

Designs for Nijinsky postcards

This notecard assortment reproduces four prints of Nijinsky by George Barbier, one of the most famous commercial artists of the Art Deco era.

£9.99

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

Propaganda Power and Persuasion

This book, originally published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Library in 2013, takes a close look at the range of propaganda used by different states – and their opponents.

£19.99