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Library Building – University of Reading

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Library Building

Whilst refurbishment of the Library Building takes place from April 2017 until Autumn 2019 most of the study space and services have been relocated to the adjacent URS Building. This provides a quieter working environment during the Library Refurbishment Project.

The Library Building is still open! 09:00 - 22:00 in term-time.


What's in the Library building?

Exterior of the Library building summer 2018 (credit Dan Fernbank)

Books and other printed material

Most of the books are still located in the Library Building, currently on the 3rd and 4th Floors. The Enterprise catalogue will give you the floor location and Call Number.

Help Point

Ask at the Help Point on the Ground Floor if you have basic questions about using the Library and finding your books. For any other queries, including Campus Cards, ask at the Information Desk in Library@URS.

Study space

You can find quiet and group study spaces on the Ground Floor, and further group space on the 1st Floor. However, as refurbishment work will be continuing until Autumn 2019, please go to the Library@URS to find quieter study space.

IT & printing facilities

There are a limited number of PCs in the Library Building on the 4th Floor. Multifunctional devices (MFD) which can print, copy or scan are available on the 3rd and 4th Floors.


Catering Services operate a café on the Ground Floor of the Library.

Finding the Library Building

The Library Building is in the centre of campus (next to the URS Building) and is number 2 on the Whiteknights campus map (PDF – 2.67MB).

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