Our extensive resources include collections on the USA, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.

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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
  • Consult subject guides, bibliographies and other research aids

If you need help, please ask our Reference Specialists at the enquiry desks or contact the Reference Service.

We offer free Discovery and 1-2-1 Sessions to help you make the best use of the Library's collections.

You’ll need a Reader Pass

Opening hours for all Reading Rooms

Blog posts

Witch-hunts and the iconographic power of fear

Friday, February 15, 2019

Lost among other headlines, today brought news of a fascinating discovery in the Cresswell Crags in the British Midlands: approximately 1000 apotropaic markings, also known as witches markings. Research is ongoing by Historic England to understand more about this latest...

The Federal Theatre Project's 'Living Newspapers'

Friday, February 1, 2019

Last month we celebrated the life of Hallie Flanagan, director of the ground-breaking Federal Theatre Project (1935-39). This blog will look at one of the Federal Theatre’s most innovative and controversial accomplishments: the ‘Living Newspapers’. It will also share our...

New Collaborations: Announcing the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Researchers in Humanities 1 Reading Room. As many Americas blog readers know, the Eccles Centre works to support access to the British Library’s North American collections, facilitating the development of new ideas by anyone with a research need of these...

Hallie Flanagan and the House Committee on Un-American Activities

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Today marks 80 years since Hallie Flanagan – national director of the Federal Theatre Project – appeared before the House Special Committee on Un-American Activities to answer questions about the New Deal programme she had been leading since its inception....

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Library experts

Dr Mercedes Aguirre

Lead Curator, Americas

Phil Hatfield

Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies

Dr Cara Rodway

Deputy Head, Eccles Centre for American Studies

Case studies

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…This placement introduced me to a career path I had not considered before.…

During her PhD research placement, Laura examined the Library’s holdings of North American migrant literature.

…Everyone is really willing to help each other out…

Melissa is doing collaborative PhD research on photographs of the British West India Regiments between 1865-1914.

…I can't imagine writing another book without the British Library's collections…

Author Naomi Wood was one of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award holders (formerly the Writer in Residence programme). She used our collections to research her novel Mrs Hemingway, on Ernest Hemingway and his wives.

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Caribbean Roots: Black British and Caribbean Poets

Caribbean Roots: Black British and Caribbean Poets read their own work

Caribbean poems feature in this CD, the perfect gift for lovers of Caribbean writing. This 2-CD collection brings together 58 recordings of 10 Black British and Caribbean poets.

£16.00

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Declaration of Independence baseball

This colourful and compelling baseball features the heading from the Declaration of Independence along with signatures from the original document.

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