The British Library holds a wealth of resources relating to the history of the UK and Ireland, from printed books, newspapers and pamphlets to manuscript diaries, letters and maps.

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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

Over 500 collection items from the British Library and institutions across Europe

Blog posts

Designing 7 Days

Thursday, January 27, 2022

In this third guest post fifty years on from the publication of the revolutionary weekly photo-newspaper '7 Days', Bill Mayblin reflects on his role in the production and design of the paper and the shifting media and cultural landscape for newspaper publishing in the early 1970s.

"Hope’s ragged symbol": 50 years of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in poetry and prose

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this post contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons. First day of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, outside Parliament House, Canberra, 27 January 1972. Left to right- Billy Craigie, Bert...

Recording of the week: The memory of liberation in Holocaust survivor testimonies

Monday, January 24, 2022

This week's selection comes from Dr Madeline White, Curator of Oral History. In the week of Holocaust Memorial Day, our recording of the week reflects on the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022: 'One Day'. Holocaust Memorial Day is marked...

New online - December 2021

Monday, January 17, 2022

This month's round-up of newly available collections features archives from India, Romania, Moldova, and Indonesia. Digitisation of the Kováts Napfényműterem photographic archive (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania) (EAP1130) Preserving the History of Indian Cinema through Digitising Early Urdu Film Magazines (EAP1262) Safeguarding...

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