Our visual arts collections include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and historical furniture.

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 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

Georg Wilhelm Schimper in Abyssinia: a new online resource

Friday, March 16, 2018

We are pleased to introduce this guest blog post by Dr Dorothea McEwan. Ethiopia is the product of a long historical process, from the Aksumite empire 2000 years ago, then the introduction of Christianity in the 4th century, the political...

Konstantin Somov and Hugh Walpole in Russia

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One of the curious aspects of working with the material book is the sudden confrontation of its physical properties, the weight of proofs, the storage of sheets and missing gatherings – and its combustibility. I was reading a work by...

Like father, unlike son: James and Frank Bourdillon

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Although there are many examples within the India Office Records of sons following fathers and grandfathers into military or administrative careers in the sub-continent, today we shine the spotlight on a family where the opposite appears to have happened. 'A...

Legal Deposit in 12 panels

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"The Library wants everything!" - Olivia Hicks talks about creating her comic for comics creators, 'The Legal Deposit and You'

More blog posts

Library experts

Dr Malini Roy

Head of Visual Arts

Felicity Myrone

Lead Curator, Western Prints and Drawings

External links

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The National Archives

Features a wide range of records relating to the East India Company


Points of View book

Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs (paperback)

Points of View brings together, for the first time, a selection of images from the British Library's unique collections.


Michael Katakis: Photographs and Words

Photographs and Words (hardback)

Michael Katakis’s photographs are now held in the British Library’s collections.


The Book of the British Library

The Book of the British Library

As well as holding some of the world's most prized cultural treasures, the British Library is the repository of the nation's collective memory.