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

The British Library’s Canadian Copyright Collection: An Introduction

Friday, June 17, 2022

This new series will shine a light on the British Library’s Canadian Copyright Collection. The British Library’s Canadian Copyright Collection occupies a unique and quite intriguing place in its Canadian holdings. As well as books and periodicals, it includes maps,...

Publishing in the Colonial Anglophone Caribbean: A New Guide to the British Library's Holdings

Thursday, June 16, 2022

We are delighted to let you know that the Eccles Centre has just published its first Caribbean-focused bibliographic guide: Caribbean Publishing: A Selective Bibliography of British Library Holdings, 1800-1974, by Naomi Oppenheim. Caribbean Publishing: A Selective Bibliography of British Library...

Food and Freedom in 19th-Century Jamaica

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Katey Castellano is Professor of English at James Madison University and was a 2020 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow at the British Library. During my Eccles Fellowship at the British Library in March and April 2022, I researched the publications and...

Cross-media Research: Searching for Poets, Painters and Photographers

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Diederik Oostdijk is Professor of English and American Literature at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and was a 2021 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow at the British Library. The British Library is an excellent place to do cross-media research. During my research stint,...

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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

Eccles Centre Programmes Manager


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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Digital Library of the Caribbean

a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean

Library and Archives Canada

shared documentary heritage of all Canadians and spans the entire history of our country


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.


Declaration of Independence baseball

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