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

Lenin's Birthday

Saturday, April 22, 2017

One of my very first childhood memories was a happy day, 22 April 1970, when the entire Soviet Union was celebrating the centenary of Lenin’s birth. I still remember an overwhelming sensation of pride, an excitement that spring brings with...

Happy Easter from Imperial Russia

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Among various collections of visual material at the British Library we have a collection of postcards (HS.74/2027) published by the pioneer of postcard production in Russia, the Society of Saint Eugenia. The Society started as a charity organisation to support...

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,...

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Lead Curator East European Collections

Janet Zmroczek

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Milan Grba

Lead Curator of South East European Collections

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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