Research at MERL

FOLAR supports MERL's vision of engagement with landscape heritage through the landscape collections at Reading. MERL holds the most significant 20th Century collection of landscape archives held in the UK

How to use the MERL landscape collections in your research. Want to learn more?


Passing Knowledge/People & Landscape

Discover more about the people who have made a significant contribution to the landscape profession. Want to learn more?


History of the Landscape Institute/ILA

Research the history of the Landscape Institute here

Landscape Library

In the Landscape Institute's 2008 Yearbook its library was described as "one of Europe's largest specialist collections of books, journals, and publications relating to landscape architecture". It had been built up over many years and together with the Institute's archive represented for many the cultural heart of the Institute. In 2013 the library and archive were transferred to MERL. Material in the archive has been used for various purposes: academic research, current and speculative landscape projects, exhibitions, television, films and publications. See, for example, a sample of the books published between 1985-2012 which made use of the Institute's library and archive - on the Publications page here.

The Landscape Institute's library is now integrated into the larger MERL library holdings. Users can now search for specialist books on the University of Reading's General Catalogue. The specialist periodicals and journals from the Institute's library will be added to this general catalogue with a completion date likely in August 2016. A list of periodical titles can be found on MERL's LI web pages.