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Information for new Library users – University of Reading

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Information for new Library users


The University Library and its staff are here to support your studies, providing you with access to information – online, multimedia or printed – and the skills to make the most of it.

Read our Making the most of your Library guide for a general introduction to the Library and our services.

Learning how to use the Library

Students in the Course CollectionA large academic library can be confusing and hard to find your way around. Get a head start by...

  • coming to a one-hour Finding your way workshop at the Library to find out what's where in the library buildings and how to find items on the shelves



Also, watch out for any Library induction sessions that your School might have arranged. These will show you the basics of using the Library tailored to your subject.

Basic information you need


Your librarian

Each subject has a liaison librarian who can help you with any subject related enquiries.

Information desks

Staff on our Information Desks can help you with general enquiries - don't be afraid to come and ask for help! There is a general Information Desk on the Ground Floor of the URS Building. For subject enquiries make your way to the Information Desks on the upper floors of the Library.


Help for disabled and dyslexic students

New research postgraduate or member of staff?

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