Our visual arts collections include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and historical furniture.

Collection guides

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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

News stories

Call for Papers

5 August 2015

The British Library and the Paul Mellon centre for studies in British Art call for papers for a Transforming Topography conference

Blog posts

A New Acquisition: Celebrating 50 years of the Graphic Studio Dublin

Friday, January 13, 2017

Jerry Jenkins, Curator of Emerging Media, Contemporary British Published Collections writes: In November 2016 I had the pleasure to attend “From Yeats to Heaney: Discovering 140 Years of Literature at the National Library of Ireland” hosted by Embassy of Ireland....

Science, Art and Insects: Maria Sibylla Merian

Friday, January 13, 2017

Maria Sibylla Merian, who died 300 years ago today is justly remembered both as a pioneering naturalist and an entomological and botanical artist, and as a woman who made her mark in both art and science at a time when...

'Lhasa Englishman First'

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

One of the first users of the new telegr...

Old Europe

Thursday, January 5, 2017

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from the artist Justine Smith, whose work is included in our current exhibition Maps & the 20th Century: Drawing the Line. 'In my artistic practice I have always used collage and have...

More blog posts

Library experts

Dr Malini Roy

Curator, Visual Arts Collections

Felicity Myrone

Lead Curator, Western Prints and Drawings

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Points of View book

Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs (paperback)

Points of View brings together, for the first time, a selection of images from the British Library's unique collections.

£15.95

Michael Katakis: Photographs and Words

Photographs and Words (hardback)

Michael Katakis’s photographs are now held in the British Library’s collections.

£25

The Book of the British Library

The Book of the British Library

As well as holding some of the world's most prized cultural treasures, the British Library is the repository of the nation's collective memory.

£25