Opening Times

Archive and Library

Archive and Library materials held in Special Collections are accessed via the reading room. During COVID-19 access is by booked appointment only, please contact us in advance to avoid disappointment.

From 14 April 2021, the archive and library reading room will be open to the public:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-4.00pm (we will close for an hour at lunch)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – CLOSED

Museum of English Rural Life, shop & cafe

Special Collections is accessed via the reception of The Museum of English Rural Life, which has a shop and cafe.

The Museum, shop and cafe are currently closed. Researchers should still access the building via the Museum reception and can eat lunch in the garden or other cafés on the University of Reading’s London Road Campus.


Currently closed. Booked visits only, see our Visit Us page.


Currently closed. Booked visits only, see our Visit us page.

University closure days

The Reading Room is closed on Bank Holidays and on some University closures days at Christmas and Easter.

For a full list of University closure days click here, and please contact us to avoid disappointment.