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Study and research facilities – University of Reading

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  • Excellent facilities in an ideal location

    Dedicated space to study, learn, meet, network and relax

Study and research facilities

​While you are focused on achieving your doctorate, there are certain things that can make life easier. Great facilities, an attractive environment and a convenient location help you to concentrate on what really matters.

A dedicated space

Old Whiteknights House is at the heart of the Graduate School and provides dedicated space for postgraduate researchers to work and relax. Situated on the University's award-winning Whiteknights campus in Reading, it's a beautiful Victorian building, modernised to allow you secure access to a variety of facilities between 9-5pm.

“More than just a house, Old Whiteknights House has been a home to me during the three years of my doctoral studies.”

Orazio Camaioni – PhD in Classics

Study space

If you require a desk and computer, there are several hot desks available to book, both in Old Whiteknights House and the Edith Morley building. Access to the booking system can be requested by emailing

To support your studies, the following facilities are also available in Old Whiteknights House:

  • photocopying
  • scanning
  • printing
  • Wi-Fi via the secure eduroam network.

Learning space

Our Seminar Room (G09) is equipped with state-of-the-art IT facilities and can be used for conferences or training sessions.

Meeting space

Both staff and postgraduate researchers can request to book the Meeting Room (G08), which makes an ideal workshop or seminar breakout space.

Networking and relaxation space

You can take a break, catch up with friends in our comfortable Graduate Common Room which has kitchen facilities.


The Graduate School is situated on the University's Whiteknights campus (see Building 9 on the campus map). The campus is conveniently located within the town of Reading in the south east of the UK, which provides excellent transport connections to airports and other major transport hubs.

Excellent academic and research facilities

University Library and collections

Our well equipped library features over a million volumes, 65,000 e-journals and 200,000 e-books. It also offers a mixture of study spaces, computing facilities and study support.

Among others specialist collections, the University hosts three that have been 'designated' for their national and international importance:

  • the world-renowned Samuel Beckett collection
  • the Museum of English Rural Life and its library
  • the Archive of British Publishing and Printing.

You will also find the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and the Cole Museum of Zoology on campus.

Research facilities

Our research excellence is supported by state-of-the-art major research facilities, and you can be confident that the University invests in developing and improving its physical and online facilities. Over the past decade, we have invested over £400 million in a range of excellent facilities to support and enhance your academic and research experience.

Computer laboratories

Throughout the campus, there are computing facilities accessible 24 hours a day, enabling you to work at a time and location that suit you.

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