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

Collection guides

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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

Instapoetry & Twiction: social media, short form migrant writing & collection practices

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Have you heard of Instapoetry? In recent years, a new literary phenomenon has emerged – writing via social media. The poetry shared on Instagram has helped boost poetry sales significantly. Rupi Kaur’s book of collected instapoems, Milk and Honey (2014),...

Eric Fisher Wood: An American in Paris

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Before Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron immortalised Gershwin’s production, there was another young American in Paris. When Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on 28 July 1914, Eric Fisher Wood, a young American student, was ‘quietly studying architecture at the École...

CFP: Revisiting the Black Parisian Moment, 1918 - 1919

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

As part of a series of events titled '1918: A New World?', the British Library will be hosting a symposium on the 26 October, titled 'Revisiting the Black Parisian Moment, transnational black military, musical and intellectual histories, 1918 - 1919'....

Americas Digital Newspaper Resources

Friday, August 24, 2018

The British Library subscribes to numerous digital databases that have both historic and more contemporary holdings from across the Americas. Crucially, a number of these are available remotely, so registered readers can access them from home. You can access all...

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Library experts

Phil Hatfield

Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies

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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

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

Declaration of Independence baseball

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