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

Delicate Materials - Imaginative Texts

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Dr. Tatiani Rapatzikou is Associate Professor in the Department of American Literature and Culture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and was a 2020 Eccles Visiting Fellow at the British Library. My visit to the British Library in April and August...

The Haldimand Papers: The British Empire in North America

Monday, September 26, 2022

Patrick J. Jung is a professor in the Department of Humanities, Social Science and Communication at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was a 2021 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow at the British Library. As an Eccles Centre Visiting...

Empires, Oceans, and Emotions: Unexpected Encounters in the Archive

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Stephanie Narrow is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine, and was a 2020 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow at the British Library. NB: This article contains an historical image and descriptions relating to...

In Search of Vanilla

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Kathryn Sampeck is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University and was the 2021-22 British Library Eccles Centre Fulbright Scholar. I arrived in London with all kinds of baggage—not only clothes, personal items, and tech to see me through...

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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

Projects

True Echoes

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

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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 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

Declaration of Independence baseball

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

£10.00