University of Reading Library

Contact details

Website: E-mail (general enquiries): E-mail (inter library loans): Tel: 0118 378 8770

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About the library

The Library contains over a million items across a variety of subject areas, with a range of collections of specific types of material:

  • Artworks in the Library
  • Course Collection (items in demand and on reading lists)
  • European Documentation Centre
  • Government publications
  • Journals
  • Legislation
  • Maps, atlases and gazetteers
  • Music
  • Parliamentary publications
  • Teaching Practice Collection
  • Theses

For more information please see: Library collections and Special collections.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • University of Reading Library: G2

Accessing materials

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes, the Library is open to the public, and the majority of our items are available on the open shelves, though some need to be requested in advance. For more information please see Using the Library for access details.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of Reading's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


University of Reading data on Copac

Example record from the University of Reading's collections:

Histoire du gouvernement des anciennes républiques : où l'on découvre les causes de leur élévation & de leur dépérissement / par M. Turpin.
  Published: A Paris : Chez Hon. Cl. de Hansy 1769

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.