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TATHS Library

TATHS Library

The TATHS Library contains over 1200 books and catalogues on tools and trades, including many that are out of print.

The TATHS Library is located at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. It can be visited in the Reading Room without charge but it is necessary to make an appointment.

Some items may be temporarily removed by MERL for exhibition elsewhere and It is advisable to check with the Reading Room before making a visit to view a particular item.

The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am to 12.30am and 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Currently closed for lunch 12.30am to 1.30pm.. It is open to the public. To make an appointment, telephone: 0118 378 8660 or email merl@reading.ac.uk.

The Museum of English Rural Life, The University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX. Further information can be obtained on the MERL web site.

Please note the Reading Room is closed during the Covid lockdown and updates and Covid restrictions are available on the MERL website.

Click on any of the changing pictures below to see a bigger selection of books in the TATHS Library.


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