Facilities at Special Collections Services

Photocopying and photographic facilities

Open Access Material:

Items from the open access areas may usually be photocopied by readers using a university campus card operated copier.

University of Reading students and staff can use their campus cards to operate the photocopier.

Charges for self-service photocopying for other students are:

7p per side A4
12p per side A3

Charges for self-service photocopying for other users are:

20p per side A4
30p per side A3

Closed Access Material:

All closed access material has to be photocopied by a member of staff, subject to its condition. You will be asked to sign a copyright statement before items are copied for you. Photocopying causes damage to many books and documents, so staff will judge whether items may be photocopied on an individual basis.

Charges for photocopying closed access material are:

80p per side A4 or A3 black and white
£1.50 per side A4 colour
£2 per side A3 colour

The minimum postage and handling charge for within the UK is £3.50

A photographic service is available with provides high-quality black and white, sepia and colour prints. A separate price list is available on request.

Self-service photography:

Readers may use their own digital cameras in the reading room. Please note that:

  • a fee is charged for daily and weekly use: £3 and £7.50 for students, £5 and £12.50 for University of Reading academics, and £8 and £20 for public/other
  • material may only be photographed with the permission of staff
  • a copyright statement must be signed
  • some items are subject to restrictions and cannot be photographed, including material from the Beckett Collection

Research fees

Access to original records or copies of records in our reading room is free of charge. We may charge a fee of £25.00 per hour to carry out the research necessary to tell you whether or not we hold specific information. If your enquiry relates to records likely to be available for general access we also provide details of how to find independent researchers who, on payment of a fee agreed with you, will undertake this research.

Access to online resources

There are three public computers with Internet access in the reading room. Some online journals and remote databases listed on the University Library catalogue are available to visitors, although most are restricted to current members of the University. There are 12 lap top connection points.

Disabled access

The building is fully accessible to wheelchair users and a designated parking space is provided. Induction loops are also available in the reading room.

Other facilities

  • Multimedia and microform viewing facilities
  • Secure lockers for visitors
  • A bookable seminar room (capacity 20)
  • A bookable conference room (capacity 50)
  • Exhibition and display areas

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