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

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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 a range of free Reader sessions and 1-2-1 consultations 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

E-resources: US historic and contemporary newspapers

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

In this second instalment of our Americas e-resources blog series we will focus on US newspapers, both historic and contemporary. All of the databases referred to here are full-text and many of them can be consulted remotely once you have...

The Eccles Centre at 30

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Eccles Centre for American Studies was formally opened in November 1991. In this blog its newest member of staff – Polly Russell, Head – and its most long-standing – Jean Petrovic, Bibliographical Editor – reflect on the Centre’s development...

Music and migration, environments and spiritualties – introducing the new Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship programme

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

This week the Eccles Centre is relaunching its Fellowship programme, which has been running in various versions and iterations since 2007. The programme has expanded considerably since its inception. First, the Centre’s geographical remit has expanded over the thirty years...

Loyalists, Race and Atlantic Canada

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

As an Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow at the British Library in September 2021, I was interested in material from late eighteenth-century British North America relating to American Loyalists and race issues in Atlantic Canada. The economic, political, military and social...

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Library experts

Dr Mercedes Aguirre

Lead Curator, Americas

Dr Cara Rodway

Deputy Head, Eccles Centre for American Studies

Dr Philip Abraham

Assistant, Eccles Centre

Projects

True Echoes

Reconnecting indigenous communities with historic audio records of the sung and spoken cultures of Australia and Oceania

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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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