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 […]

Update on COVID-19

We welcome the announcement that museums will be able to reopen from 4th July. The University of Reading Special Collections and the Museum of English Rural Life will not reopen straight away but we are working hard to put in place all the necessary measures to allow for a new kind of visit, ensuring the […]

Resources You Can Use from Home 1: Databases

This blog post was compiled and researched by Antonia Love, Graduate Trainee Archives Assistant, and written by Ted Simonds, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. Following the closure of the reading room on March 20th, we have been thinking about how we can be as useful as we can to our readers. Despite working from home, and without […]

COVID-19: support for your study and research during the closure period

Although the University Library and Special Collections Service are closed at present, there is a wealth of support and expertise available to help you continue with your study and research during the closure period. You can find out more about how the University Library can support you and the online services available here. A series of […]

LGBT History Month: Publishing pacifism, ‘perversity’, and prosecution

Written by Anna Murdoch, Graduate Trainee Library Assistant. You never quite know what you could find browsing the shelves in the rare book store, and how you could reach into the archives of both Special Collections and the MERL to find connections to a particular work. As a former English Literature student, I particularly enjoy the […]