University closure days: 2 and 3 August

Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 August will be additional closure days for the University so the Library building won’t be open on those days.

Closed sign

During the closure period, you might like to use the online resources. If you are a registered staff or student, why not explore the extensive range of e-books, e-journals and other digital media available to you. Or, if you are not currently registered with the University, check out our latest guide to free research resources.

Services for registered users, such as study space bookings, and Click & Collect, will resume on Wednesday 4 August 8:30 – 17:00. We look forward to seeing you then.

Your Library Team

Additional Enterprise Maintenance 15 July

Enterprise, our Library catalogue,  will be down for maintenance on Thursday 15 July. Between 17:00 and 19:00, some services will unavailable.

You will still be able to …

  • Use Summon for online access to journal articles, book chapters, and much more!

But you won’t be able to …

  • Access your online Library account to renew your loans or pay fines.

The service will also be at risk on Friday 16 July and you may encounter some disruption.

We will let you know if Enterprise will be unavailable for longer than initially planned.

Lindsay Warwick for Sam Tyler, Library Systems Manager

Open Saturday 17 July

Open sign in rainbow colours

The Library is open – stay safe!

We previously announced that the Library would be open on three Saturdays during summer vacation 2021. This Saturday, 17 July, the Library will be open to registered users from 8:30 – 17:00. The following services will be available

  • Pre-booked study space (8:30 – 17:00).
  • Click & Collect (11:00 -14:00) – items must be requested by Thursday (15 July) evening.

Library books may be returned in the usual way via the book drop and enquiry services will be available on phone and email between 9:00 – 17:00. If you have any questions about other Library services during Saturday opening, please let us know.

Please note the IT Service Desk and the Café will not be open.

Library User Services

Library study space: Clearing 2021

From Thursday 15 July, some Library spaces will become unavailable for a while whilst we prepare for and house Clearing 2021. 

The 1st Floor and the Reading Rooms on the 2nd and 4th Floors will not be available for bookable study space from 15 July until late August. 

Study space in the book stacks (2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors) and on the 5th Floor will remain available for booking throughout the Library opening hours. 

Additional PC spaces can be found on campus in Palmer G09 and Agriculture GL20. Find more information about these on the Essentials Study Space page. 

Bookings for the IT Service Desk will remain available whilst the 1st Floor is closed to study, but for the period of Confirmation and Clearing (2 – 16 August)support will be via telephone, email or the IT Self Service Portal. 

We’ll let you know, via the Library blog, when closed spaces reopen again. 

Library User Services

Highlighting our LGBT+ resources for Pride month!

Image shows a crochet cactus in a Pride rainbow striped pot.

Moss the Pride cactus (they/them) crocheted by Academic Liaison Librarian, Ruth (she/her).

As we come to the end of Pride month, we just wanted to remind you that our LGBT+ Libguide will be here all year (Library resources for researching LGBT+ related topics).  It’s a really great starting point to learn more about LGBT+ issues.

If you can help us to futher diversify our Library collections, please submit a suggestion for purchase from the Library Diversity Fund. This was created to help us to continue to build and diversify our collections. You can see all the Diversity titles purchased in current and previous academic years on our dedicated Library Diversity fund reading lists.

(If you would like to suggest other items for the Library, please complete our regular book suggestion form.)

Meanwhile, we’re introducing you to Moss the cactus, wearing their crocheted rainbow pot … with great Pride.

Ruth Ng, Academic Liaison Librarian for Henley Business School

Ebook Central maintenance 26 June – service disrupted

Image of laptop and mobile phone on deskWe have received notification from Ebook Central that their platform will be down for maintenance between 15:00 and 23:00 on Saturday 26 June 2021, as they are moving to a new server. 

This means that you will not be able to access any Ebook Central e-books during this time. If you know you will need access to particular chapters on this day, we recommend downloading them beforehand, although please note that print and download limits can vary between e-books. Otherwise, if you find you are unable to access a book on the day, please try again later. You can also search for the title on Enterprise to see if we have access via a different publisher or a print copy. 

As always, if you encounter any other issues please contact us at, or submit a Problem Report Form. 

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Sophie Dorman, E-resources Team 

Store collections to resume

We’re pleased to announce that collections from the Library’s off-site Store will resume from Thursday 24 June.

Store collections will happen once a week on Thursdays, so please submit your request by 08:30 Thursday for the item to be collected that week. Requests submitted after 08:30 will be collected the following Thursday.

For more information on requesting items from off-site Store, see the ‘Requesting items from Store and Closed Access‘ information page on our website.

Library User Services

Get set for dissertations with live and video training!

Young asian girls crouch at running race start lineSet to start your dissertation this summer? No? Get on track by joining this week’s live webinars introducing reference management tools EndNote and Mendeley, or catch up with our new videos summarising topics discussed at last week’s Master’s Dissertation Fayre!

Join reference management workshops

Book through the Actions tab on RISIS to join Extra EndNote and Mendeley reference management workshops:

  • EndNote Online – Tue 15 June 11am
  • Desktop EndNote – Wed 16 June 11am
  • Mendeley – Thu 17 June 11am

View Master’s Dissertation Fayre videos

Showdy figures study in purle background of caption "Masters Dissertation Fayre 2021 Monday 7th to Firday 11th June.Last week all students attending live webinars and giving feedback said they would recommend the sessions to others. One said, “Everything has been helpful; despite writing two dissertations I have not had sessions like these before. Learning to focus my research (‘systematic searching’ and ‘finalising research questions’ were great) and [learning to] plan my study more carefully are the sorts of things I’ve been needing to improve.”

So help yourself to these newly recorded video versions provided by the Library’s Liaison and Study Advice Teams. Aspects covered include:

Ready? Get set. Go!

Rachel Redrup, Academic Liaison Librarian


Happy summer vacation!

Today marks the end of the UG academic year and the start of the summer vacation opening hours for the Library. We will no longer be open at weekends, except for three Saturdays on 17 July, 14 August and 18 September.

From Monday 14 June, we will be open 08:30 – 17:00 Monday to Friday for study space, and 11:00 – 14:00 for Click and Collect (loans for continuing students are due Tuesday 28 September). Please remember to make your booking for study space before 16:00 each day and continue to follow the guidance in the Current Library Services LibGuide.

We’re still offering online events for continuing students – see our guide to Reference Management Workshops for further information and if you’re finishing your studies with the University, remember to visit the Library website to find out how you can continue to make the most of the resources as a Reading graduate.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer – we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Library User Services

System upgrade 14 June – some services disrupted

Next week we are upgrading our Library Management System. During the upgrade on Monday 14 June, between 19:00 and midnight, (after the Library buildings are closed) some services will be unavailable.

You will still be able to …

  • Search the Library catalogue, Enterprise.
  • Access all our E-resources – so any e-books or e-journals you find on the catalogue will still be available via the ‘Click here to access’ links.
  • Use Summon for online access to journal articles, book chapters, and much more!

But you won’t be able to …

The upgrade is planned to be finished by Tuesday 15 July, but the system will be ‘at risk’ for the rest of the week whilst our Systems Team make sure everything is working correctly. We will let you know if Enterprise will be unavailable for longer than initially planned. 

If you have trouble accessing e-resources you can contact the E-resources Team on or you can fill in a Problem Report Form.

If you want to talk to someone about your account you can contact the Library at

Sophie Dorman – E-resources Team

The way you log in to Enterprise is changing

We are updating the way you log in to your Library account in Enterprise to renew loans, place holds etc, bringing it in line with other University systems.

From Thursday 17 June, you will start to see changes with how you log into Enterprise. For University of Reading members it will look the same as the page you see when you log into other University services such as your emails or other Office 365 services. This also means that you will need to use a different username to log into Enterprise. Where previously you only used your two letter and six digit username (e.g. ab123456) to log in, you will now need to add the suffix of your email address (e.g. This is the same username you will already use to log into services such as Blackboard. Your password will not change. 

University of Reading sign in screen

Logging into Enterprise will look the same as other University systems

If you are an External borrower – this new log-in procedure won’t apply to you. We will contact you by email shortly to advise on how you will be able to log in to your Library account.

As ever, if you have any problems accessing your Library account or would like help with renewing or placing a hold, please contact the Library User Services team on


Natalie Guest, Document Delivery Coordinator
Library User Services 

Masters Dissertation Fayre – final day!

Take up our last training offers to help you produce a great dissertation, this final day of our Masters Dissertation Fayre!

This morning at 11am, our Study Advisers discuss writing your discussion chapter.

Book before 12pm to attend a 2pm session with Academic Liaison Librarians providing you with specialist knowledge and need-to-know advice on getting the best out of:

You can read more about the topics on offer via the Study Advice Webinars libguide