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Lord Zuckerman Research Centre & RSSL

Members of the Lord Zuckerman Research Centre and Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) can register for External borrower membership of the Library.  

Joining the Library

There is no charge for members of these organisations wishing to join the Library. Membership will confer borrowing rights only, it will not allow automatic access to e-resources. To apply:

  • Complete our online application form
  • Bring a letter of introduction from the Centre Manager to the Welcome Desk which is open 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, or Friday 10:00 - 17:00 during term time. During vacation, hours may vary but ordinarily are Monday to Friday or 09:00 - 17:00. 

See our Privacy notice (PDF) for information on what personal information we collect, hold and share in order to provide Library services to you and your rights in respect of the data we hold about you.


You will be given an External borrowers card which enables you to borrow:

  • ten Standard loan items
  • these can be borrowed for up to six weeks unless recalled by another person
  • you will be fined 80p per day for items that have been recalled and are overdue

Items can be borrowed and returned during Library Opening hours on the Ground Floor. Return items via the external book drop to the right of the Library entrance outside of these hours.

Using self-service features on the catalogue

When you register you will be given a PIN which you can use to access the self-service features on the catalogue, such as renewing your loans, placing holds (on Standard loan items only), and viewing your account.