Our Germanic collections comprise historic and current material from Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland, from the Netherlands and Dutch/Flemish speaking Belgium, and from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

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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
  • Ask for help from information specialists at the Reference Enquiry desks
  • Consult subject guides, bibliographies and other research aids

You’ll need a Reader Pass

Opening hours for all Reading Rooms

For enquiries, please contact the Reference Service

Blog posts

Stefan Zweig’s Literary and Musical Treasures

Thursday, February 23, 2017

To mark the 75th anniversary of the death of the Austrian writer and collector Stefan Zweig (23 February 2017), the British Library has this week opened the display: ‘Stefan Zweig: The Magic of Manuscripts’ in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures...

BeLgoLab 2017: Belgian Translations

Monday, February 20, 2017

Translation plays a major role in Belgian culture, both domestically, by enabling Flemish speaking readers to access work produced in French and vice versa – and internationally, by disseminating work to wider audiences. In its second year BeLgoLab 2017 is...

The art of wrecking a friendship 2: Henrik Pontoppidan, L. A. Ring and Nattevagt

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Over a century ago there lived a famous author who, inspired by his strong social conscience, embarked on a series of novels in which he depicted in vivid and unsparing detail the conditions of his times. Among his friends he...

PhD placement opportunity on ‘Karl Marx and the British Library’

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Index slip recording the issue of a reader ticket to Marx, British Library Add. MS 54579, f. 1 2018 will mark the bicentenary of Karl Marx’s birth, an event that will be commemorated with public events and exhibitions across the...

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Library experts

Marja Kingma

Curator, Germanic Collections

Susan Reed

Lead Curator, Germanic Studies

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Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

In East Germany, the Communist Party's attempt to engineer literature yielded a range of outcomes including the complex negotiations behind some of the best-known works by German authors

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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.

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