Book it, Borrow it! Introducing Course Collection.

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Course Collection consists of high demand and essential reading list materials suggested by your lecturers and is located on the ground floor of the URS Building.

Most items are available to borrow but a few items can only be used within the section.

So how does it work?

  • Borrow 2 items at a time
  • 6-hour loans
  • Overnight loan on items borrowed after 16:00
  • Weekend loans on items borrowed after 16:00 Friday

Book the book!

Did you know you can book Course Collections items for use on a specific day? Book up to two items on our Library catalogue up to seven days in advance. Just click the “Book a Course Collection Copy” link.

bookingsChoose to pick up your book between the following times:

  • Daytime: 10:00 – 11:00
  • Overnight: 16:00 – 17:00

Items booked for collection between 16:00 – 17:00 on Friday will be due back the following Monday at 10:00.

Remember to always check your receipt for the return time!

Fines for overdue Course Collection items are 80p per hour or part of an hour.

Holly Thomas, Library User Services



Summer vacation loans! Get them while they’re hot!

University Library in summerFrom Thursday 2 June to Monday 5 September the standard loan period for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students is extended until Tuesday 27 September or the end of your course, whichever is earlier.

All other loan periods and fines for late return remain the same! So please take care when borrowing 7-day loans, Course Collection items and journals! Standard loan periods for other Library borrowers remain unchanged.


  • Standard loans – yours all summer if you are an undergraduate or Masters student!
  • 7-day loans –  keep renewing. If it cannot be renewed, be prepared to post it back to us.
  • Fines on your account – pay online or call us, there is no minimum amount to a credit card payment now!

Joe Veale, Library User Services

Easter borrowing is business as usual!

Easter chicksRevising this Easter vacation? Well, it’s not all bad! The Library has made getting those crucial textbooks even easier for you. To ensure Library stock is shared equally over the Easter vacation, all loan periods will remain exactly the same. If you need a book that’s on loan, place a hold and we’ll email you when it’s ready to collect.

It’s easy to keep your loans for longer too – renew your items online or contact us at the Library. Your loans may be recalled and if that happens we’ll email you… so keep checking your University account! If you need to return an item but are away on vacation, you can post your items back to us.

Want to visit the Library?  The Library will close for the Easter vacation at midnight on Thursday 24th March and will re-open at 08:30 on Thursday 31st March. Check out our opening hours page for more information.

Happy holidays!

Joe Veale, Library User Services






Pay your fines online!

Staff and students with campus cards! You, (but only you) can pay Library fines online! If you haven’t tried this before, here’s a guide on how to do it.

Step 1: Logging in 

Go to the University of Reading Campus Card Portal at and login with your University username and password.

Step 2:

Click on the ‘Library Fines’ link on the left side of the page.

1Step 3:

This page will display how many fines/bills you have to pay and what available funds you have. Before you tick the box, the text below will be orange. Tick the box to select your fines.

Step 4:

Now the box is ticked and your fines are selected, the text will turn green. Beside the ‘Pay Now’ button, you will see the total amount you are about to pay. Click the ‘Pay Now’ button to confirm the transaction. The total amount will be deducted from your available funds.


Step 5:

Once the transaction is complete, red text will tell you how much in total you have paid. Your fines should now be clear.

5Other Library members

You can pay fines at either the Ground Floor Information Desk or Self-Service Point fines payment machines; or by payment card over the telephone (0118 378 8770) for amounts over £5.00.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Avoid those Library fines – Top Tips!

Piggy bankAvoiding fines is so easy that you can do it at home, away from home, online and offline. Save your money! How? Let’s find out now.

  • Return or renew your loans on time.
  • Keep track of your loans by logging into Enterprise to view your Library account.
  • Check your University emails regularly for Library messages.

So remember keep your Library account in good order and you’ll save money!

Joe Veale, Library User Services

‘Go back’ on Library catalogue PCs

Student using Library catalogueTime for a fast fact! If you’re browsing the Enterprise catalogue on Library catalogue PCs, did you know you can go back to a previous page, despite no ‘back button’ showing on these machines?

It’s really quick and easy:

Pressing the Alt + Left Cursor Key will take you to the last page you visited.

Pressing the Alt + Right Cursor key  will also take you forward towards your original page after you’ve gone back.

If you’re browsing the Enterprise catalogue on any other machines, you should be able to use the regular browser back button.

Going home!

Did you know? If you need to restart your search you can also press the little house icon, located left of the ‘All collections’ tab, to return to the Enterprise catalogue homepage.

Joe Veale, Library User Services

Place a hold, get the book!

Need a book from your reading list but they’re all out on loan?

If you’ve got an eye on a book but some keen bean has beaten you to the punch – hold it! Did you know you can reserve a copy for yourself by placing a hold?

But how do I place a hold?

Good question.

Luckily, it couldn’t be simpler. Find the item you want to borrow on our Enterprise catalogue and if they’re all out on loan, look for the Place Hold button and give it a click. When prompted, type in your university username and password and finally click the Place Hold button to secure your hold! Told you it was simple, right?

Here are some top tips to help you make the most of placing holds:

  • Holds can be placed on both standard and 7-day items currently out on loan
  • Once the hold is placed, standard loans will be recalled and 7-day loans will be made non-renewable
  • You will receive an email when your hold is available to collect
  • Once you receive your email, you have five days to collect your hold from the hold shelf
  • It is not possible to place holds on journals or Course Collection materials

For more information, check out the video tutorial on how to book a hold!

So don’t delay, place that hold today!

Joe Veale, Library User Services

Closed access/Store requests just got easier!

request linkWhether you’re a hardened library veteran or one of our newer students, requesting those bibliography-boosting texts from our stores just got even easier! Users who request items from Closed Access or Off-site Store will now be emailed as soon as their request is ready to collect. Not only that, we’ll tell you exactly where to collect it from too.

Both Closed Access and Store requests can be made on Enterprise by clicking on the ‘Request Closed Access or Store Items’ link on the right-hand side of the display. Once the form has been sent, items can be picked up from the Hold shelves in Course Collection or from the Ground Floor Information Desk.

For Closed Access, requests can be made until 10:30 Monday to Friday. Requests should be made in advance of a visit, just specify the dates you want the item when you fill in the request form.

For Off-site Store, requests can be collected from 15:00 on Mondays or Thursdays. The deadline to make requests on collection days is 08:30.

For more information and detailed instructions, check out the ‘Requesting items from Store and Closed Access‘ information page. And remember, look out for that email!

Joseph Veale, Library User Services


UoR Library and Collections Services join RLUK!

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Reading’s University Library and Collections Services (ULCS) has become a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), which represents the leading and most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland and is an influential community that shapes the research library agenda. Our support for research is counted among the very best the United Kingdom has to offer.

The centre stage of research

RLUK has always aimed to optimise the contribution that research libraries and their collections make to the United Kingdom’s economic, technological and cultural success. It all began in 1983, with seven university libraries taking up the cause, and although membership has increased over the years, it has always been reserved for the institutions making the most significant contribution to supporting research. Fast-forward to 2015 and it is Reading’s University Library and Collections Services’ turn to join this elite group as one of the top research libraries in the country.

Julia Munro, Head of Reading’s University Library and Collections Services, says:

“I am both delighted and proud that Reading’s University Library and Collections Services (ULCS) is now a member of RLUK (Research Libraries UK). As such, ULCS joins an important and influential community that shapes the research library agenda into the future. We will contribute to, and benefit from, RLUK-led initiatives and innovations for outstanding research support services and collections in a digital age.”

Our research resources

Want to get a taster for the types of research we do? Visit the Museum of English Rural Life, Cole and URE Museums and other designated Special Collections such as the Archive of British Publishing and Printing and our famed Samuel Beckett collection.

ULCS also hosts two longstanding and successful research projects: the Location Register of English Literary Manuscripts and Letters and the WATCH project (Writers and their Copyright Holders).

ULCS takes a lead role in supporting research across the University, driving forward Open Access initiatives. The University’s institutional repository, CentAUR, managed in ULCS, currently holds nearly 3,000 peer-reviewed full texts available on Open Access.

Joe Veale, Library User Services


Drinks and phone policy changes

Lidded cardboard coffee cupIt’s not just the Library building that gets a makeover, our policies get them too! From 1 August 2015, hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks are welcome within the Library so long as they’re in lidded containers.

Furthermore, to minimise distractions, mobile phone calls should  be taken within CaféLibro. More information can be found in our Library Policies & Rules.

Keep a lid on it!

We’ve heard what you would like to improve your study space and we’ve done just that! You wanted drinks in the Library? Done. What better brain boost is there than a nice refreshing beverage? Hot and cold drinks in lidded containers are now allowed within the Library! So as long as it’s covered in a bottle, flask or travel mug, then drink away.

But food can be messy and smelly, and a real distraction to one another’s work. No one wants that, so we ask that food still be consumed within the café. Better to eat in the café during a well earned break, don’t you think?

We’re always seeking new ways to improve your experience here at the Library. Therefore to protect each student’s right to work quietly, mobile phone calls should only be made in CaféLibro; elsewhere mobile phones should be switched off or in silent mode.

Need to discuss your work? No problem. Try the group study areas to discuss your work in, such as the snazzy group study pods on the various floors or the Knowledge Exchange on the Ground Floor.

Joe Veale, Library User Services