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Hartley Library: 24/7 Opening

24/7 Opening at Hartley Library

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24/7 opening starts again on Monday 6 November 2017 at 07:30.

Hartley Library will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until midnight, Friday 15 December 2017. 



Full details of opening hours for all libraries can be found here

Study Space and Workstations

Help and Enquiry Services During 24/7 Opening

During 24/7 opening the library offers a normal help and enquiry service. Details of these are available here. Outside of these times the library will be staffed by a security team. Issue and return of items will be available from the self-issue/self-return machines at all times.

After 22:00 the outer Library doors are by card entry only. You must have a University ID card to access the building.

Group Study Room Bookings

Group Study Rooms remain available during 24/7. Book these rooms using the online booking system in the normal way.

Computer Workstations:

Computer Workstations are located across the library with the main computer rooms based on Level 2. Check availability of individual PCs using the iSolutions Workstation Availability Online Tool

If you are leaving your computer for more than 30 minutes please log off to allow someone else to use it. All workstations in the library are set to restart automatically if left dormant for a prolonged period.

Study Desk Availability

Please be considerate of other users by taking your belongings with you so that others can use desks or workstations. Due to the risk of theft we do not recommend you leave personal belongings unattended at any time.

Library policy states that you must take all your belongings and books with you if you are leaving your desk or computer for more than 30 minutes.

Library staff will clear library books away from unoccupied desks, so please do not leave books unattended.

Safety and Security

Image of an open laptopGetting Home Safely

If you plan to leave the library late at night please be mindful of your personal safety and remember to  plan your journey home.

Security staff in the Hartley Library will be happy to book a taxi for you. Just go to the Level 2 information desk and ask.  If you've forgotten your cash and need to take advantage of the Student Taxi Scheme, which will get you home safely using your student card as a deposit, you can find out more about it on the SUSU Support page

Personal Belongings

Please do not leave your belongings unattended in the library, especially high value items such as 'phones and laptops. The security team will make regular patrols of the building during the night, but it is your responsibility to ensure your belongings are safe.

You must take all your belongings and books with you if you are leaving your desk for more than 30 minutes.

Working Alone

The Hartley Library is a large building and you may feel uncomfortable working alone without people near by, especially in the more remote parts of the building. The security guards will patrol regularly, but if you are nervous you may wish to work in one of the areas closer to the Level 2 desk, such as the Course Collection area or foyer. If needed you can  borrow a  a panic alarm from the Level 2 desk.

In Case of Emergency

Security guards are located in the library building overnight and regularly patrol the building. Please report any problems to them at the Level 2 information desk.

In addition the University Security team at Highfield is available 24 hours a day. Contact directly on 023 8059 2811 (int: 22811). Emergency 'phones are located across the floors of the Hartley Library at the Fire Refuge Points.

Help us to Keep Hartley Clean

Image of library food and drink guideDuring 24/7 opening, cleaning in Hartley takes place every day with the primary team working between 05:00 and 08:00. Vacuuming will take place 22:00-midnight and 05:00-08:00 so please bear this in mind if you plan to be in the library at these times.

Bin emptying, urgent cleaning and toilet checks take place throughout the day. Help us keep the library clean and tidy by placing your rubbish in the bins provided and only eating and drinking in the designated areas. You can report any problems that you think need attention to the Level 2 information desk.

Food and Drink

Only bottled water on Levels 4 and 5, please. You are welcome to have cold food and covered drinks on other floors.  Please remember that no hot food is allowed in the library at all, including hot snacks purchased from the library cafe. Any hot food must be eaten in the Library Cafe area or taken outside the library.

Drinking water is available on Levels 2 and 4.

Vending machines, including hot drinks machines, are available next to the Library Cafe on Level 2.

Advice and Wellbeing

Take a Break

24/7 opening provides increased choice and study options for users of Hartley Library. Many people prefer to study either very late or very early but if you use the library overnight or for prolonged periods please make sure you take regular breaks.  Just because the library is open 24/7 doesn't mean you should be studying all night long. Whether you go to the gym, go for a walk or just take time to have coffee with friends, please make sure you take a break.

Getting Help and Support

Southampton Academic Skills Hub (SASH)

The Southampton Academic Skills Hub offers advice and support on academic skills, including exam techniques and revision.  SASH is available for drop in appointments 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 Monday-Friday at their base on Hartley Level 2. Please also see their webpage for resources and information.

Enabling Services Workshops

Enabling Services run a series of study and wellbeing workshops that are open to all students. Visit their events page for the full list:

Stressed? Worried?

In some cases you may just need someone to talk to or to have a break from study. There are a number of services available to you if you are worried about your course or studies, are struggling to cope, or just want to have a friendly chat. Nightline and the Peer Support Network are run by SUSU and the University Enabling Services team offer crisis support and help for when your need is more urgent.

Help and Support Services by SUSU:

Enabling Services Website:

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