The reading room provides access to MERL’s library, archives and photographic collections as well as the University of Reading’s other Special Collections.


Accessing the collections

The collections are accessible to all researchers on completion of a registration form. Please bring some form of identification on your first visit.

In order to avoid disappointment, we suggest you contact us in advance of your visit indicating the items you wish to consult. This is because some items are stored offsite and cannot be retrieved immediately. 

You can use our online catalogues to gather descriptions and references of items and collections.

Opening hours

The reading room is open between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

On the last Thursday of every month the reading room will remain open until 9pm.