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Hartley Library: About Us

About us

The Hartley Library is located on Highfield campus and is one of the largest university libraries in southern England, with extensive holdings of printed books, journals and online resources.  The library also houses the main Archive and Special Collections which has an extensive collection of 6.5 million historic manuscript items and over 50,000 printed books.   Sections of  Hartley were designed by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who was also known for Cambridge University Library, Battersea Power Station and the iconic red telephone box.  

Visiting us

Visiting us

We welcome all visitors to the library, both from within and outside the University. Guidance for external visitors can be found on our information page for visiting Hartley

If you are interested in finding out more or visiting our Archives or the special collections you can find out more on the Archives and Special Collections site.

We are part of SCONUL Access.  This is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. For information about how to apply online you can visit their own SCONUL Access page

Facilities

Facilities
Our Library has five floors and a there is a range of seating and study areas.  We have a number of  PC workstations on all floors, as well as MFDs (Multi-Function Devices) on which you can scan, photocopy and print  using either our own computers or your connected device using the University's WiFi Eduroam.   On level 2 there you will  find  several dedicated computer station workrooms.  Many of the study desks have power sockets so that you can plug in your own devices.  We also have a number of laptops which can be borrowed and used in the library as well as headphones, mobile phone chargers, and
mouses.