Finding the Biafran Civil War in the African Writers Series (1/3)

This is the first of three posts in a series written by Temiloluwa Odugbesan, who completed a UROP placement at the University of Reading Special Collections in the summer of 2021. My name is Temiloluwa, and I am studying Spanish and Economics at the University of Reading. I have just completed my first week working as […]

Temporary reading room move – September 2021

Between 31 August and 24 September 2021, the reading room will be moving to the Conference Room to make way for essential maintenance work. The Conference Room is located above the current reading room and can be accessed via the staircase or lift from the locker room. Closure days During this period, however, we will […]

Update: Special Collections Reading Room to extend opening hours

From 18 May 2021 we will be extending our opening hours to include Tuesdays for general access to collections through the Special Collections Service reading room. Capacity will remain limited to enable social distancing. We will continue to provide alternative access through our digital access to collections service. If you would like to make a […]

Update: Reading Room to re-open to all researchers

From 14 April 2021 we will be providing access to collections through the Special Collections Service reading room for all those requiring it, although capacity remains limited to enable social distancing. We will continue to provide alternative access through our digital access to collections service. If you would like to make a reading room booking, […]

Update: Access to collections for academic research and teaching

From 10 March we will be providing access to collections through the Special Collections Service reading room for academic research and teaching only. For all other research requiring access to the collections, we will continue to provide this through our digital access to collections service. If you would like to make a reading room booking, […]

2020 Vision: a Year in the Life of the Archive and Library Team

In 2020, The MERL and University of Reading Special Collections archive and library team faced an unprecedented situation. We closed our reading room and our access to the physical collections was severely limited. We lost the framework for providing our basic service, but this was not the defining factor of 2020 for the team. In […]

Stones, Sharks and Steno’s De Solido

Written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. Today is #OldRockDay, a day to celebrate all things old, rocky, and fossilised. The library of Herbert Leader Hawkins (1887 – 1968), professor of geology at the University of Reading, forms our Hawkins Collection, which contains rare books on the history of geology, palaeontology and echinoderms. There […]

UPDATE: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS READING ROOM NOW CLOSED

Following the Government’s announcement of a national lockdown on 4 January 2021, the Special Collections Reading Room will be closed until further notice. If you require access to the collections, we will aim to provide this through our digital access to collections service. You can find out more about our collections through our Special Collections […]