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

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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

'Pretty, witty Nell', the 'Protestant whore': Nell Gwyn remembered

02 February 2016

Nell Gwyn, actress and mistress of Charles II, was born on this day in 1650. Nell's short life didn't have a promising start. According to the diarist Samuel Pepys, she was brought up in a brothel, where she served strong...

A tradition of trade: the opening of the London Docks

30 January 2016

January marks the 211th anniversary of the opening of the London Docks. The London docks were built by John Rennie, the Scottish civil engineer also responsible for canals, aqueducts, bridges and other docks. Before the docks were built, it could...

Edward Lear Breaks My Heart

29 January 2016

Today is the anniversary of Edward Lear's death in 1888. Everything about Lear delights and surprises. From his limericks and stories to his ornithological watercolours and topographical landscape paintings, his work gently tugs at the very souls of children and...

Caption Competition Number 4

29 January 2016

Sometimes we come across images that are just perfect for creative captions. Here is one from an Apocalypse manuscript which has recently been fully digitised, Harley MS 4972. It is filled with great images, including some weird hybrid concoctions. So,...

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Library experts

Dr Malini Roy

Curator, Visual Arts Collections

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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