Our collections are a rich resource for understanding British life from the post-War period to the present day. They span the range of published formats, as well as manuscripts, archives and sound recordings.

Collection guides

  • Clive Myrie presenting BBC News

    Television and radio news

    The Broadcast News service provides onsite access to recent news programmes
  • Stanley Ellis (SED fieldworker) and Tom Maddison  c.1967

    English accents and dialects

    We have an extensive collection of spoken voice recordings
  • Screenshot of OS Viewer

    Digital mapping

    Geospatial data, cartographic applications, digital aerial photography and scanned-in historic map materials
  • Kiev political debate

    Oral history

    One of the largest collections of oral history and life story interviews in the world
  • Nathan King

    Pop music recordings

    We hold one of the most wide-ranging collections of popular music in the world
  • UK Web Archive

    UK Web Archive

    Preserved web resources of scholarly and cultural importance from the UK domain
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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

Library experts

Jeremy Jenkins

Curator, Emerging Media, Contemporary British Publications

Jonnie Robinson

Lead Curator, Spoken English

Mary Stewart

Curator, Oral History, and Deputy Director of National Life Stories

Dr Luke McKernan

Lead Curator, News and Moving Image

More staff members

Blog posts

Recording of the week: "We regret to inform you" - bad news from the sound archives

Monday, May 21, 2018

This week's selection comes from David Govier, Oral History Archivist. An Oral History of the Post Office includes memories of telegram delivery boys who delivered telegrams by hand with news of war casualties during the Second World War, and their...

50 years since the Ronan Point disaster

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

50 years since the Ronan Point disaster explored through the Architects' Lives oral history collection

Trauma, narrative and theatre

Friday, May 11, 2018

In his role as the 2019-2019 National Life Stories Goodison Fellow Rib Davis will be looking at Holocaust survivors in the oral history collection who have been interviewed on more than one occasion.

Socio-Legal Sources and Methods in Social Welfare and Family Law

Friday, May 11, 2018

Does your research or practice touch on issues of family and social justice, social welfare law or sources and methods in socio-legal research more generally? If so then this month’s national socio-legal research workshop at the Institute of Advanced Legal...

More blog posts


Save our Sounds

Save our Sounds is our programme to preserve the nation’s sound heritage.

Know Your Place - West of England

A crowd-sourcing digital mapping project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets

The Michael Marks Awards support innovation in UK poetry.

All projects

Case studies

…The UK Web Archive is a fantastic resource for researchers…

Neema used the UK Web Archive to explore how ethnic minorities voted in the EU Referendum.