Our extensive collections from the Romance-speaking countries of Europe include materials in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan and Occitan, as well as in non-Romance languages such as Modern Greek, Basque and Breton.

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

Antoine Vérard’s early printed books in the British Library

Monday, July 16, 2018

The library of the English King Henry VII contained about 40 copies of editions produced by the Parisian publisher and bookseller Antoine Vérard, most of them on vellum and illuminated, although only a minority of those contain marks of provenance...

Announcing the British Library’s new Translator in Residence

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I am delighted, excited, and ever so slightly daunted to be embarking upon my journey as the British Library’s second-ever Translator in Residence. When I saw the advert it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring together the things I...

Funding Victory: French posters from the end of the First World War

Monday, July 9, 2018

The British Library holds an important collection of French propaganda posters from the First World War. This striking material, often of high artistic quality, constitutes a fascinating means to reflect on the values and motivations as well as the challenges...

Gӧrz, Gorizia, Gorica: digital scholarship brings a city’s history to life again

Friday, June 29, 2018

How to turn 47,000 pages of old newspapers into meaningful information? For a research group at the University of Bristol, the answer is: big computers and historical context. Led by Nello Cristianini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, the group digitised 47,000...

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