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Special Collections Service

University of Reading

The University has a large number of special collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts and other materials, including maps. They may be consulted by members of the public as well as members of the University.

Notable collections include the Stenton Library which contains a number of 17th and 18th century atlases and road books, and a nearly complete cased set of early 1:63,360 OS Old Series (or 1st Edition) maps.

Archival collections, which include manuscript (and some printed) maps related to the estates of Stratfield Saye (FR WELLINGTON), Eynsham Hall (FR OXF 21) and the Orsett Estate in Essex (FR ESS 3 and 17). Other holdings range from maps included in the records of individual farms, to single enclosure and printed country maps, and maps found in the archives of organisations such as the Council for the Protection of Rural England (SR CPRE) and the Open Spaces Society (SR OSS).

Some 750 manuscript geology maps of southern England by Prof. H.L. Hawkins (MS 5324) are also held.


Redlands Road READING Berkshire RG1 5EX

Main contact

Telephone number

0118 378 8660

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1700 Closed between Christmas and New Year, and during Easter Week.


General public. Proof of identity required. No loans.


A full range of facilities, including photocopying, photography, lockers and a visitor's room are available.


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