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

Sounds from beyond the Iron Curtain: Soviet classical recordings at the British Library Sound Archive

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

HMV SEOM 20 (BL Collections 1LP0144447) Guest blog by British Library Edison Fellow Evgeniya Kondrashina What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of ‘Soviet music’? Is it the Red Army Choir with their military...

Do not lean out of the window – especially in Prague

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

One of the phrases that eager young travellers embarking on an Interrail adventure speedily acquire is the injunction found on most European trains to avoid the perils of hanging out of the window – è pericoloso sporgersi and the like....

European Literature Night at the British Library: identity and translation

Monday, May 21, 2018

The arrival of the month of May can only mean one thing: European Literature Night! EUNIC and the European Writers’ Tour, with additional support from the Czech Centre and Flanders House, organised this year’s event on May 10th. As always...

Montenegro in 19th-century Maps and History Books

Monday, April 16, 2018

For almost two hundred years Montenegro was unknown to the world and, like the rest of what was then European Turkey, a forgotten country without a history. Montenegro was rediscovered in the west in the 19th century during hard and...

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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

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