University of Reading Special Collections Services

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    • Redlands Road, Reading, England, United Kingdom
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    • Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
    • Last Thursday of the Month 09:00-21:00
  • Advance Orders
      We advise you to order documents in advance some archives are held off site.
  • Photographs Allowed
      depending on the material
  • History

    Our collections, which include rare books, archives and manuscripts, are substantial and varied, particularly for a University of this age and size. The majority result from donations: the tradition of acquiring special material is as old as the University, the bequest of the Overstone Library in 1920 setting a pattern. The collecting of manuscripts and archives began in a systematic way in the 1960s, and from the start has been dominated by the programme to collect and manage British publishers’ archives. The University's collections also include artwork.Two of our collections have been recognised as Designated collections of national and international significance - the Beckett Collection and the combined records of British publishing and printing.

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