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 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

British Library x Charles Jeffrey Research Competition launched: show & tell top picks from the European Studies team

Monday, November 18, 2019

Lora Afric, Languages Cataloguing Manager, reflects on some highlights from a year of fashion collaboration at the Library The British Library has, for the third year running, worked with the British Fashion Council on the Research Collaboration Project. This year...

Recreating the Lost Sculptures of Umberto Boccioni

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Of the many groundbreaking sculptures Umberto Boccioni created between c. 1913 and 1915, only a handful remain in existence today – most of them were accidentally disposed of on a rubbish dump in 1927. However, using a combination of vintage...

The Book as a Project: Giambattista Bodoni

Thursday, November 7, 2019

This is the first of a series of blogs dedicated to Italian typography. It is not an easy task to write something brief about the Italian typographer Giambattista Bodoni. Bodoni the polyglot, Bodoni the artist, Bodoni who achieved rock-star fame...

Franco Arminio: Poetry and Paesology

Friday, November 1, 2019

The attempt to reanimate poetry requires great courage, especially considering the Italian literary landscape of the last 30-40 years, a time during which poetry’s trend transitioned from “a sea of subjectivity” in the 1970’s (as Maria Borio puts it in...

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Library experts

Valentina Mirabella

Curator in Romance Languages

Romance languages case studies

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Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

In 18th-century France, censors navigated the intricacies of royal privilege in a working collaboration with authors and booksellers on the making of literature.

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Out Of This World

From the works of Cyrano de Bergerac to Ray Bradbury, this book reveals the full heritage and wonder of science fiction.

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