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

‘As if some long-since inhabited country had been fished up out of the bottom of the sea’: Travel Literature on Iceland

Friday, September 23, 2022

As the National and University Library of Iceland commemorate the 250th anniversary of Joseph Banks’s expedition to Iceland with an exhibition, we are publishing a series of blogs on all things Icelandic in the British Library collections. For those who...

Graham Nattrass Lecture 2022 - ‘Wittenberg 1522’

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Under the auspices of the German Studies Library Group in association with the British Library, the fourth Graham Nattrass lecture, Wittenberg 1522: Print Culture and Soundscape of the German Reformation, will be delivered on Tuesday 20 September 2022 at the...

A Bibliographical Mystery Solved

Friday, August 5, 2022

A while ago I was alerted by a colleague to a German item in our collections that appeared to have no catalogue record. It was bound with a list of books censored by the Austrian Empire in the late 18th...

Christian Boltanski’s ‘Les Habitants de Malmö’ (1994)

Thursday, July 14, 2022

One of the most influential artists of the last century, Christian Boltanksi, died one year ago today. Although, he would have had you believe he actually died many times before: ‘When you are asked to make a retrospective, it basically...

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Marja Kingma

Curator, Germanic Collections

Susan Reed

Lead Curator, Germanic Studies

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Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

In East Germany, the Communist Party's attempt to engineer literature yielded a range of outcomes including the complex negotiations behind some of the best-known works by German authors

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The Book of the British Library

As well as holding some of the world's most prized cultural treasures, the British Library is the repository of the nation's collective memory.

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