Janet Zmroczek

Janet Zmroczek
Head of European and Americas Collections
Related Offices
represents the BL on The European Library, Library Coordination Group; member of the UCL European Institute Advisory Board; member of the Institute of Modern Language Research Advisory Council; external member of UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library and Information Services Committee; long-serving member in various roles on the committee of the Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services

Areas of Responsibility 

The Head of European & American Collections is responsible for the curation of our Collections in all languages from Continental Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, Australia, the Pacific, and also English-language Asian material.  Her team also works closely with the Eccles Centre for American Studies to promote the Americas Collections. It is made up of five curatorial areas covering Americas, Romance, Germanic, Southeast European and Slavonic & East European Collections. 

Areas of Expertise

Interests include:

  • Literary translation and dissemination of European literature in the UK
  • The cultural and social life of the Polish community in the UK in the 19th century and the representation of this community in British contemporary publications
  • Central Asia and the Caucasus in the Soviet period
  • History and development of the British Library Polish and Baltic collections
  • European cultural and library collaboration


  • 'The national bibliography of Georgia', Slavonic and East European Information Review, 11 (2010) [with Anna Chelidze]
  • Contributor of numerous articles on Poland and the Baltic to Oxford Companion to the Book (Oxford, 2010)
  • 'Poetry and polemics: the Polish book trade in London, 1836-1867' in Foreign-language printing in London, ed. by Barry Taylor (London, 2002), pp. 241-254
  • '’A national library for the Poles in exile’: the development of the Polish collections of the British Museum Library in the Nineteenth Century', Solanus, 15 (2001), 17-34
  • 'Lietuviškų knygų rinkinys Britų bibliotekoje', Knygotyr, 25 (1998), 249-289 [with Aušra Navickienė]