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Hartley Library: 24/7 Opening

24/7 Opening at Hartley Library

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24/7 opening starts again at the Hartley Library on Monday 8 January 2018 at 07:30.

The Hartley Library will be open from 8 January until midnight on Friday 16 March 2018, the start of the Easter break.


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

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.  

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 entrance 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.

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 usual way.

Computer Workstations:

Computer Workstations are located on all levels of 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 a 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 to other users and clear the study desk you have been using so that others can use the space or workstations. Please do not leave personal belongings unattended at any time.

Library regulations require you to take belongings and books with you when you leave a desk or computer for more than 30 minutes.

Library staff will clear library books away from unoccupied desks. If you need the books you have been using, please take them with you.

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.

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