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

Merlin the magician: from devil’s son to King Arthur’s trusted advisor

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Merlin is the central mythical character in the world of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. A shadowy and untameable figure who seldom takes a single form for long enough to show us his true nature, he...

Elizabeth I and languages

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Tudors were a formidably educated family, though Giovanni Carlo Scaramelli, Venetian Secretary in England, was doubtless laying it on thick: [Elizabeth] possessed nine languages so thoroughly that each appeared to be her native tongue; five of these were the...

Venice: Tales of a Sinking City – an online event

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

On 8 November 2021 the British Library is hosting a free online event looking at the role of Venice in the current environmental, cultural and social global crises. For centuries at the helm of a trading empire, the city of...

Red Élisabeth: Émigré, Intellectual, Organiser, Communarde

Monday, November 1, 2021

The current struggle can only end with the triumph of the popular cause [...] Paris will not retreat, because it carries the flag of the future. These words are taken from the manifesto of the Paris Commune’s largest and most...

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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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