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Getting Started: Getting Started

Introduction for people new to the library


Welcome to the University of Southampton Library.

The Library has five different sites and University students and staff are entitled to use the full range of specialist collections, service and facilities at each site.

Your University ID card is also your Library card so you can use the Library from day one.

Help is available through our Libguides pages, in the Library or via chat. Do ask us if you need further information, we are here to support your studies and your research.  

If you are not a member of the University further information can be found on our membership page. 

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary across the Library sites and time of year.

Academic Skills

image of motar board. Need help with study skills, critical thinking, referencing and more… visit our pages or go along to the Academic Skills Hub in Hartley Library.

Getting ready for academic study

Off Campus Access

Many Library resources can be accessed off campus with either VPN/SVE or your institutional login.

Accessing resources from off-campus


Need help with Wifi, Printing and more?

The link below will take you to the iSolutions page for new students:


Subject Guides

Subject guides are the place to start if you need help or resources linked to your area of study.

Training and Workshops

The library online training introduces you to search techniques that you can use to find books and journal articles. Advanced online training demonstrates how you can improve your searching skills and use more advanced library resources. Both give guidance on searching databases and information on how to evaluate the resources and data that you find.

There are a wide range of face to face training and workshops which will support you in your studies and help ensure that you make the most of your time at university. Take a look at the Training and Workshops to see which are most appropriate for you.

Chat with us

The library chat service is staffed 10am - 5pm UK time Monday to Friday

You will be asked to log in using your university password. If you don't have one, you can send your question to

Videos on how to borrow books