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.

Collection guides

Reading Room  Paul Grundy

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

The Bard, the Bear and Bohemia: Shakespeare and the Czechs

06 May 2016

Travelling home from a screening of the recent Kenneth Branagh /Judi Dench Winter’s Tale in Oxford, I overheard a conversation between two other passengers who had also attended it. ‘Were there really bears in Bohemia?’ one of them was earnestly...

The Poetry Periscope Project

30 April 2016

If you walk these days through the British Library Piazza, you will spot a striking yellow tube standing near the front entrance. It brings to mind yellow submarines and periscopes. Step closer and you will learn it is in fact...

The Trebnyk (1646) of the Metropolitan Petro Mohyla and its artistic design

28 April 2016

This year marks the 370th anniversary of the famous Trebnyk (Euchologion), created by the prominent reformer, Petro Mohyla and his associates, and published in the printing house of the Kyiv Monastery of Caves (Lavra). In the first part of the...

The Post-Chernobyl Library

26 April 2016

The Chernobyl disaster wasn’t just an unprecedented environmental disaster: it was an event that caused profound political and cultural shifts on a global scale. The disaster foreshadowed and accelerated the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Cold War order,...

Library experts

Dr Katya Rogatchevskaia

Lead Curator East European Collections

Janet Zmroczek

Head of European and Americas Collections

Milan Grba

Lead Curator of South East European Collections

Shop

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