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 […]


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 […]