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Children in the Library

If you bring your child into the Library or the URS Building  you must accompany them at all times and you are responsible for their safety and behaviour. Children must not disturb other Library users. Library staff are not authorised or insured to look after any children brought onto Library premises. Children under 12 years of age are only allowed on the Ground Floor of the URS Building and not beyond.

The Library rules (PDF) are extended to cover any child for whom an adult is responsible. A printed copy is available from the Reception Desk. If these guidelines are breached in any way, you may be asked to leave the Library.

Please note that during the summer University Examinations period, from the end of March until mid-June, access for non-University members is restricted to 9-5, Monday to Friday. Study spaces may not be used when visiting as these are required by our own students revising for their exams. Access outside these hours is only possible on production of a Campus Card or Library Card.

The following access guidelines apply for the rest of the year.

Children under school age (under 5)

If you are accompanied by a child under the age of 5 you are welcome to the use the services available on the Ground Floor of the Library and URS Buildings. Please note that there are very limited study facilities on the Ground Floors.

If you are accompanied by a child under 5 you can:

  • renew or return books (Library)
  • collect holds (URS Building)
  • borrow and return Course Collection items (URS Building)
  • ask for advice at the Information Desk (URS Building)
  • check the Library catalogues (URS and Library Buildings).

Children of school age (5-16 years)

Children of school age (5–16) are allowed on Library premises, excepting the IT areas on the Ground Floor of the URS Building, only if accompanied by a responsible adult (parent or teacher) at all times. They must not disturb other Library users. Children under 12 years are only allowed on the Ground Floor of the URS Building and not beyond.

Children aged 16–18

Children aged 16-18 (including school/college pupils in years 11-13) are permitted on Library premises, excepting the IT areas on the Ground Floor of the URS Building, only if accompanied by a responsible adult (parent or teacher) at all times or attending a pre-arranged appointment with a member of Library/University staff. Currently enrolled University of Reading students aged 18 or below are exempted from this rule. Visits by school groups are not possible whilst the Library is operating from two buildings.

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