Welcome to the Virtual Reading Room, where you can access thousands of items from the University of Reading's Special Collections, Art Collections and Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL). Browse selected low-resolution items by The MERL Galleries or by Theme. Sign in / register with us to explore many more items, with high resolution viewing. Further information on digital access to the University's collections may be found here
Access to the gallery and theme pages is open to all without registration. Most of the images are protected by copyright and you must abide by all applicable copyright restrictions. If you wish to use or obtain or view a higher resolution version, please contact us.

Access to other content is for registered reading room users, please contact us for details of the registration process. Such content may not be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form, by any means, or for any purpose other than personal non-commercial research or private study.