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

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....

American Cooking for English Kitchens

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In 1928, Edith Fulcher published American Cooking for English Homes, a recipe book 'sent into the world as a home missionary to fill a long-felt want': to modernise British cooking. Fulcher advises any housewife tired of cooking the same thing every day to 'study the cookery of other nations, for which she can derive great benefit, from the point of view of economy and in acquiring new recipes'.

Putting to Ruins the Absence: Jason Moran, James Reese Europe, and Orlando Patterson

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of joining the audience for the first performance of Jason Moran's latest work James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruins at the Barbican. The project is the third in a 'trilogy' which...

Wilson Bueno, Portuñol/Portunhol, and Interlanguages

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The OED defines an interlanguage as ‘An artificial auxiliary language’ or ‘A linguistic system typically developed by a student before acquiring fluency in a foreign language, and containing elements of both his or her native tongue and of the target language’. For me, this doesn’t quite cover the geographical and cultural circumstances from which many hybrid languages originate, especially around border areas. Whatever the definition, the inherently unstable nature of interlanguages makes it hard to think imagine them having clear rules, let alone a literature.

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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

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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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