Recognising the strong links between the University and the local community, members of the public are welcome to visit and use the University Library free of charge on a reference basis. As well as extensive collections of books and journals the library hosts a number of exhibitions through the year and has a number of interesting architectural features.
Visitors are welcome to make use of any of the books and journals available in the library. You can check Library Search (the library catalogue) to locate the items you need.
Visitor - What you need to know
Hartley Library operates a card entry system and visitors will be asked to sign in and provide photographic proof of ID. You will be provided with a day pass which you must wear while in the library and return at the end of your visit.
We ask that all visitors and external users vacate the building by 10pm and no new visitors will be signed in between 10pm-7.30am. Details of our opening times can be found here.
Some facilities at Hartley are only for use by students of the University. This includes group study rooms, the laptop loan service and equipment loans.
Hartley library has guest wifi serviced by The Cloud. If you are not already registered, when you choose the wifi signal 'WiFi Guest' you will be taken to the registration page to sign up. Use of this wifi will not provide visitor access to e-resources and databases, the Walk In Access service must be used for this.
Visitors wishing to make photocopies of items can create a guest account online using https://myprint.soton.ac.uk/user and add credit using this webpage. Library staff will be happy to help you if you need assistance. Isolutions advice on setting up your guest account is Included below How to set up your guest account.
There are no printing services available to visitors at Hartley Library, including all registered external users
Due to license restrictions, only members of the University have full access to electronic services (online journals )other than the Library's computer catalogue (Library Search). However, we can offer limited provision to some e-resources to walk-in users. You will be asked at the Level 2 help desk to register for a temporary account and sign an Acceptable Use Policy. This will allow you to access a specific e-resource at one of the University-owned computers within the library on the current day.
Note that access is provided on an individual basis and users are not allowed to save, copy or print items. There is no access for Under 18's. Please be prepared to show proof of age in addition to your photographic ID if you wish to use the walk in service.
Under 18’s are not permitted mini cards (Reader cards) and must register with the library information desk on a daily basis.
Please be prepared to show photographic ID and / or proof of age if asked.
Under 16’s are not permitted to use the library unless:
The Special Collections Division is situated on Level 4 of the Hartley Library at the University's Highfield site. There are two main areas: