Special Collections is accessed via the reception of The Museum of English Rural life, which has a small cafe. Please see The MERL’s website for further details on what is currently available from the cafe.


If you’re looking for something more substantial, hot and cold lunches are also available in the University of Reading bar, The Dairy next door. (Please note that The Dairy is now operating cash-less tills.) You are also welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden, where several picnic benches are available.