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

Russian Hamlet(s)

29 August 2016

The first Russian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was made by the founder of the Russian classical theatre Alexander Petrovich Sumarokov (1717-1777). The play was written in 1748 by the 31-year old ambitious statesman and poet. Rossiiskii teatr" ili Polnoe sobranie...

Staging Shakespeare in Soviet Azerbaijan

26 August 2016

“To beguile the time, look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue…” (Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5) The British Library’s collections contain a remarkable Shakespeare item from the Soviet Caucasus: the record of an Azerbaijani...

The 1919-1921 Ukrainian Diplomatic Mission in London

24 August 2016

24 August 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the day when the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) declared Ukraine’s independence and the creation of today’s sovereign state of Ukraine. This decision was endorsed in...

The First World War, Ukraine, and the Birth of Independence?

22 August 2016

In 1914, when the First World War broke out, the Ukrainian lands were split between the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires. Ukrainian soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict; 4,500,000 Ukrainians fought in the Russian armies and 250,000-300,000 in the...

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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