General enquiries about Printed Special Collections contact:
tel. 023 80593335
Search Room Bookings:
tel. 023 80592721
Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
WebCat contains records for most Special Collections books and journals, but some of the older material is listed only in the Card Catalogue on level 4.
Check the individual guides for catalogue information for each collection.
DelphiS enables you to search across WebCat and the Library's electronic databases. You will need a University login for access.
Access to some collections is restricted to members of the University.
During the Hartley Library Refurbishment Project, access to Special Collections will be via the main stairs to Level 3, across Level 3 to the fire stairs at the back of the building and up to Level 4.
Restricted Access to Lift
Lift access to Special Collections (Open Access and Search Room) will be available Monday to Friday 09.30-16.30 only. Please contact Library Reception on arrival, if you wish to use the lift.
Welcome to the guide to the Hartley Library's Printed Special Collections which describes the individual collections, their value for teaching, learning and research and how to access the material.
Special Collections is the home of the rare books from the Library's general collections and also the named collections which have been presented to the University over the years. These range in size from a few hundred titles to several thousand volumes and include printed books, pamphlets, journals, maps, prints, photographs and postcards. You can find examples of the oldest printed books and the latest publications in Special Collections and the material is open to all to use.
The University Library's Printed Special Collections contain rare books which are stored in environmentally controlled conditions and read in secure areas and also modern publications which are on open access and available for loan. The latter are found in the named collections, the collections formed by private individuals and organisations, which have been acquired by donation or deposit and which may contain publications of any date.
At Southampton 'rare books' are defined as those printed before 1851 and those of a later date, which are of significance or value. Consideration is usually given to:
The printed collections are open to members of the University and to the wider community.
To explore the resources available and find out if they can be of help in your study, teaching or research, use the tabs above or contact Special Collections.
Books and journals printed from 1850- are usually shelved in the Special Collections Open Access Area on level 4 of the Hartley Library.
Rare Books and Illustrations are fetched for use in the Archives Search Room, also on level 4.
Microform material is housed in the Microform Area on level 1.
Check the individual guides for the location of each collection.
If you do not have a University I.D. Card, you will need to show photographic I.D. on entering the Hartley Library and on entering the Search Room, a form of I.D. which shows your permanent residential address.
Open access material can be photocopied. The nearest photocopiers are behind the main staircase on level 4.
If you are not a member of the University, you will need to obtain a Guest Account login from either the Special Collections Enquiry Office or Hartley Library Reception.
Bound volumes in Rare Books cannot be photocopied but you can request photographic or microfilm copies, subject to the age and condition of the item.
See Reprographic Services for a list of the types of copy available and charges.