#StillSpecial: Virtual Reading Room launch

Come on in! We are delighted to announce the launch of our Virtual Reading Room. When COVID-19 put a temporary halt to on-site access to collections, we started putting in place new services to enable access remotely. The VRR allows exploration of high-quality digital versions of books and documents by registered users, as well as […]

#StillSpecial: Google Arts & Culture launch

Written by UMASCS Librarian, Claire Clough  We have some exciting news to share with you – we have become the newest member of the Google Arts & Culture family! The University of Reading Special Collections are now on Google Arts & Culture. For the first time, you can explore treasures and stories from the University of Reading Special Collections on the Google Arts […]

New “testbed” for digital archives funded by a National Archives grant

Throughout 2020 we have continued to find innovate ways to enable access to collections. This week our service has re-opened to the public and in the coming weeks we will be launching new digital services which will be talking about on social media using #StillSpecial. One big challenge, which will increasingly face all archive services, […]

Update: Bookings now open for the Special Collections Reading Room

We are very pleased to announce that we are now able to take bookings for readers to access our archive and library materials in the Special Collections Service reading room from Tuesday 8 September 2020. If you would like to make a booking, please ensure that you read the updated reading room guidance before contacting […]

Update: Re-opening of Special Collections Service Reading Room

We are looking forward to welcoming researchers back to The MERL and the University of Reading Special Collections reading room from Tuesday 8 September 2020. This includes all the Museum’s galleries, our reading room, library and archive, and the shop, café and garden. We have greatly missed you during these difficult months, and are overjoyed […]

Update: Teaching with Collections

Today, we are publishing details of the many options available for University of Reading staff who wish to teach with collections. There is a new guide here. Options include: – Using pre-recorded and ready-digitised material; – Creating or enhancing digital resources; – Running live sessions (both face-to-face and online). From mid-August, we will be offering […]

Resources You Can Use from Home 4: Archives, Libraries, and Other Useful Websites.

This blog post was compiled and researched by Antonia Love, Graduate Trainee Archives Assistant, and written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. University of Reading Special Collections An OPAC is an online public access catalogue. Ours is called Enterprise and you can search it here. This searches across all the objects in the Museum of […]

Resources You Can Use from Home 3: Subject-Specific Resources

This blog post was compiled and researched by Antonia Love, Graduate Trainee Archives Assistant, and written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. Our readers have interests as diverse as the collections we hold. Whilst we are home to both the library and archives of the University of Reading Special Collections, and the Museum of […]

Update: New Digital Access to Special Collections

Today, we are publishing our plans to increase digital access to our collections. The new digital access guide is available here. During the lockdown, we have continued to make available content that has already been digitised, launching new websites and school resources. From 13 July, we will be re-starting copying services for The Museum of […]

Resources You Can Use from Home 2: Primary Sources (Books & Newspapers)

This blog post was compiled and researched by Antonia Love, Graduate Trainee Archives Assistant, and written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. In our previous blog post, we listed some of the databases that we find useful when researching and responding to enquiries. Often, however, accessing a database is just the first step, with […]