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 Ark of Unique Cultures’: the story of a remarkable handmade book

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The British Library recently received an unusual donation from the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Tallinn: a handmade book – The Ark of Unique Cultures: The Hutsuls – celebrating the history and culture of the Hutsuls, an ethnic group from the...

UNOVIS – the Bauhaus of the East

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

This year is the centenary of the Bauhaus, prompting worldwide celebrations from Brazil to the UK, from Germany to China. The Bauhaus as a school of art and architecture is long gone, but as a marketing and PR campaign it...

The 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes in Literature

Friday, October 11, 2019

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian writer Peter Handke have been awarded the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes in Literature after the award was suspended last year due to a sexual assault scandal. Born in Poland in 1962, Olga Tokarczuk,...

BL Labs Symposium (2019): Book your place for Mon 11-Nov-2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Image taken from page 203 of '[Griffith's new historical description of Cheltenham and its vicinity ... with ... engravings. L.P.]' Posted by Mahendra Mahey, Manager of BL Labs The BL Labs team are pleased to announce that the seventh annual...

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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