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 8 September 2020 until further notice:

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

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – 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.

From 8 September 2020, the Museum will be open (please book a timed slot). 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.


Booked visits only, see our Visit Us page.


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.