Library visitor arrangements change after 18 April

Three femal studetns walk infront of orange building with protruding sturts and undercroft on a sunny dayArrangements will be different for non-UoR visitors to this Library from 18 April until at least August 2018 whilst we operate from two buildings: the Library Building (no 2 on the Whiteknights campus map) and the URS Building (no 33 ).

SCONUL Access users

Users of the SCONUL Access scheme for students and staff from other universities:

  • SCONUL members in Bands A, B and C: You can borrow materials from the Library Building and use study spaces in the URS Building. Please call at the URS Building Information Desk to collect your Library card.
  • SCONUL Band R full-time undergraduates from other institutions: You may view and copy stock in the Library Building, but you may not borrow or take material to any other building. You will be able to use your own resources in URS Building study space.

Visiting as a member of the general public

You may view and copy stock in the Library Building, but there will be no study space here. We are sorry, but whilst Library services are relocated to URS, we will be unable to provide guest access to e-resources as a ‘walk-in user’.


Unaccompanied children will not be permitted in the URS Building, in line with current rules on children in the Library building. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate school visits until after August 2018.

Further information

See why Library study space moves to URS in a previous news post. For further information, see our Library Refurbishment Project page.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator for
Sue Egleton and Nick Hollis, Library User Services

Engage with Cengage primary sources event: 20 January

Blue rectangles arranged in a circle next to the word 'Cengage'Looking for ideas for your dissertation? Drop in to the Library’s Ground Floor this Friday 20 January 2017, anytime 10:00-16:00, to explore some full-text, primary sources available via the Artemis Primary Sources Platform, from one of our main suppliers, Cengage. Cengage staff will be on hand to demonstrate these resources to help you discover primary sources and possible topics for your dissertation:

To see the full range of e-resources to which the University of Reading Library subscribes, see our Databases by subject or Databases A-Z lists.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Online thesis printing and binding service

Student with computerWondering where to get your dissertation or thesis bound and printed on a budget? The University of Reading Library has just teamed up with experienced university binders, Hollingworth & Moss Ltd, to offer a fast and convenient online service. You may well find their pricing competitive too!

No need to travel – just order online and your thesis/dissertation will be delivered anywhere you wish in 10 days, three days or even the next day! Choose from a variety of binding types, colours and ‘extras’ like sleeves, covers, cases and pockets for accompanying material. You’ll see what your cover will look like before you order and receive SMS order updates during the process.

Click on the Library’s Printing & binding page or type in

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Collections Research Fair, 27 April

Collections Reseach Fair poster with images of old papers, girl in lab coat examining bones, archive boxes on shelvesEver considered what fascinating research you could do using treasures held right here in our own University Museums and Special Collections?  Researchers (and potential researchers) from all schools and disciplines are invited to drop in to to talk informally to collection staff at their Collection Research Fair, University Library foyer, Whiteknights, 12:30-15:00, Wednesday 27 April 2016. Tell them about your project or research interests, and they will suggest how the University’s unique holdings could fit in with your work.

Meet representatives from each of the University of Reading’s archives, museums and libraries listed below. They will be ready to field your questions, with catalogues, collections lists and sample objects to hand!

Sign up on Eventbrite for reminders and further information about the Collections Research Fair.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator for
Dr Paddy Bullard, Associate Professor in Literature and Book History,

UoR Library and Collections Services join RLUK!

Research definition


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


PhD students – what can Ethos do for you?

Picture of researchers at the British Library using laptops next to the Kings LibraryEthos is the British Library’s online PhD theses service where you can search for UK PhD theses and, where available, download them for free. As well as being the place to find out what researchers in your area are writing about, it’s also a brilliant way to showcase your own research to other scholars worldwide. Find out more