Our Germanic collections comprise historic and current material from Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland, from the Netherlands and Dutch/Flemish speaking Belgium, and from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

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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

Women in Translation Month 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

As we come to the end of Women in Translation Month 2021, this blog post brings together three books by women authors in translation from across Europe. Mercè Rodoreda, In Diamond Square, translated by Peter Bush (London, [2013]). ELD.DS.1778 Chosen...

Connie Palmen’s Laws, Loves, and Stories

Friday, August 27, 2021

There is only one author in the Netherlands who is laying down the law about how to write biographies as fiction and that is Connie Palmen. 30 years ago she burst onto the literary scene with her book De Wetten,...

Bears of Bern – Fictional and Real

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

To coincide with the British Library's exhibition Paddington: The Story of a Bear, we've put together a series of blog posts about a few other bears (fictional and real) from the collections. Our current Paddington Bear exhibition made me think...

Documenting the Belarus Protests, 2020-2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

In August 2020, Belarus was catapulted onto the world stage as a wave of anti-government protests swept the country. Although demonstrations had begun in May after President Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, declared his intention to run in the...

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