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 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

Stanisław Wyspiański: Shades of Melancholia

Monday, November 28, 2022

‘November is a difficult time for Poland’ Stanisław Wyspiański wrote in his play Noc listopadowa (November Night). Wyspiański, was a versatile and prolific artist – playwright, poet and theatre director – one of the generations of artists who grew up...

British Library East View e-resources now available remotely

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Good news! If you have a British Library Reader Pass, it is now possible to access most of the Library’s East View e-resources remotely on a personal device. From digital newspaper collections and election ephemera to de-classified archival documents, the...

Reunited! A Russian manuscript of the Alexander Romance

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The British Library’s major exhibition, Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth, gives an insight into the incredible spread of Alexander’s legends across time and across cultures. Central to the show is the legendary life of Alexander the Great,...

Call for PhD project partners: ‘Postcolonial Discourse in East European Studies and its Application to British Library Collections’

Thursday, November 3, 2022

The British Library is pleased to invite applications from HEI partners to co-supervise the AHRC PhD project ‘Postcolonial Discourse in East European Studies and its Application to British Library Collections’. Slavonic and Eastern European collections at the British Library are...

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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