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.

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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

The three lives of the Georgian alphabet

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Georgian alphabet is very old and is used only by the Georgian language. Its origins lie hidden in the depths of the past and are the subject of several theories. According to the Georgian chronicles, King Parnavaz I was...

Pérák, the only Czech superhero

Thursday, August 1, 2019

During the Second World War, a strange rumour spread among the residents of Prague. A mysterious masked character dressed in black was said to be seen jumping at great heights over the rooftops and streets of the occupied city. He...

When moderation went out of the window: the First Defenestration of Prague

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Last year saw commemorations of the turbulent events of 1618, when the abrupt ejection of the Imperial councillors Martinitz and Slawata and their secretary from the windows of Prague Castle led to the outbreak of the Thirty Years War. However,...

Love, Art and Rejection: Mayakovsky’s Pro eto

Friday, July 19, 2019

Today marks the birthday of the Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. To celebrate, we’ve dug into the history behind our edition of his poem Pro eto. Ei i mne (‘About This. To Her and to Me’). Completed in early 1923,...

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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