We have some of the leading research collections in the world for the study of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the former USSR, giving strong support for research in arts and humanities, social sciences, Slavonic studies and Soviet and East and Central European studies.

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

New online - July 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

This month's round-up of newly available collections features archives from Nepal, Serbia, and Ghana. Digitisation of the photographic collection from DirghaMan and GaneshMan Chitrakar Art Foundation [EAP838] Safeguarding the fragile collection of the private archive of the Lazic family [EAP833]...

Documenting the Belarus Protests, 2020-2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

In August 2020, Belarus was catapulted onto the world stage as a wave of anti-government protests swept the country. Although demonstrations had begun in May after President Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, declared his intention to run in the...

British Intellectuals and Russian Bears

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

To coincide with the British Library's exhibition Paddington: The Story of a Bear, we've put together a series of blog posts about a few other bears (fictional and real) from the collections. In 1926, the Russian Bear first spoke English:...

Euro 2020: What to Read (Part II)

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

With Euro 2020 in full swing, we've come up with a few football-related titles from the collections. Next up, France, Italy and Poland... “Sports and politics both thrive on hope, and both largely consist of disappointments”, wrote Laurent Dubois in...

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Library experts

Dr Katya Rogatchevskaia

Lead Curator East European Collections

Janet Zmroczek

Head of European and Americas Collections

Milan Grba

Lead Curator of South East European Collections

Case studies

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…It gave me the opportunity to work in a cultural institution…

Katie's collaborative PhD explores Russian women’s journalism during the 1917 Russian revolutions and civil war.

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1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution

Explore electrifying poems and prose pieces written between 1917 and 1919 in the full tumult of the Russian Revolution.

£8.99

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

Take a close look at the range of propaganda used by different states – and their opponents.

£19.99

Russian Revolution

The catalogue to accompany our major exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on.

£25