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