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

Blog posts

From Cubism to concentration camp: the life and death of Josef Čapek

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Many English speakers who claim that they do not know a word of Czech would be surprised to hear that at least one has found a firm place in their vocabulary: robot. Those who are aware of its origins might...

Pskov, Pskov, 35.015: Railway and Revolution

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In Boris Pasternak’s novel Dr Zhivago there is an episode when a young telephone operator Kolya is having a conversation the meaning of which is not initially quite clear to the reader: Kolya was as usual conducting another conversation and,...

Polish Noir on the Rise

Monday, March 13, 2017

This year Poland is the guest of honour at the London Book Fair. Consequently there will be a series of cultural events featuring Polish writers at the Fair and other locations. Within its rich programme the British Library is hosting...

The First Anthology of Belarusian Poetry in English: Sponsors and Censors

Friday, March 10, 2017

For 57 years, from 1948 to 1985, UNESCO published its Collection of Representative Works, a series of books aiming to popularise major works of world literature written in lesser-known languages by translating them into more widely-used ones, particularly English and...

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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