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General enquiries

Telephone +44 (0)23 8059 5410

Ext. 25410

Getting Help

During Library opening hours staff are able to help with:

  • General enquiries.
  • Library access.
  • Group study room enquiries.
  • Equipment loan.

In addition staff are also able to help with the following enquiries. 

  • Issuing/returning items.
  • Renewing items.
  • Loans and account related enquiries e.g. blocks, bills, suspensions.
  • Subject and resource enquiries.

Self issue machines, for returning and borrowing books, are available within the Library & Learning Commons.A drop box is available for returning items outside the staffed hours.

Welcome to the Library & Learning Commons

The Library & Learning Commons is located on the upper-second-level of the Avenue campus.  
It holds the Humanities Course Collection (excluding Music), Language Learning Resources and a significant Film Collection.

Library & Learning Commons study areas

The Library & Learning Commons (Avenue Campus) offers a variety of study areas .

Quiet study areas

  • Located in the South Corridor of the upper-second-level, access to both our quiet study rooms (2083 & 2085) is well signed.
  • These rooms have a mix of desks with electrical sockets for laptops and charging points, a small number of fixed PCs, and some study desks with no electrical points. These rooms have a no food "bottled water" only policy. 
  • There are also individual quiet study pods along the right side of this corridor.  Cold food and covered drinks can be consumed within these pods.

Group study

There are many areas for group study within the Library & Learning Commons

  • The main resource rooms (2153, 2155, 2159)  all have desks which facilitate group study, there are also a number of group study pods along the North Corridor close to the Help and Information desk.
  • Group study room (2087) - there is one group study room located in the South Corridor.  It will accommodate a maximum of 10 people and has two AV screens with laptop connections and Skype facilities. To book a group study room online please go to, you can visit the Library & Learning Commons Help and Information Desk or email .   A University email address is required to book this room.  We reserve the right to re-book a resource to another group, if a group does not show up 15 minutes after the booking time.

2015 Changes to Services

An exciting new development has been taking place at the Avenue Campus (Faculty of Humanities) throughout Summer 2015.  The Library & Learning Commons will be a new space for students to study and access some of their core Library and Language Learning Resources: including a significant Film collection. The Hartley Library, a short walk away on the University Highfield campus, also holds an extensive collection of humanities resources and additional study space.  Information about both libraries and the library services are available here:

The key benefits of the new service will be:

  • Extended opening hours
  • Increased seating and individual study spaces
  • Greater variety of seating to suit individual preferences
  • Space for advisory consultations with staff
  • Bookable Group Study Rooms (with Skype)
  • New Help & Information Desk 
  • IT Support Desk for first 2 weeks of term
  • Same site HOLDS: recall on-loan books and books from other sites to Avenue
  • Improved loans facilities: new self-issue and self-return machines with the option to return Hartley books (and books from other site libraries) at Avenue.

Phase 2 of the project will take place between October & November 2015 and will involve the conversion of some library space to quiet study areas, and the creation of two bookable group study rooms.

Ask A Librarian

If you need immediate help with anything to do with the Library, its services or resources then why not chat live online with a member of Library staff?

The live chat service is staffed 10:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday* ...but you can also email ...or use our enquiries contact form.

You can also text us on: 023 8000 1539 (messages charged at standard rate for texts to Southampton landline numbers).

* Except on bank holidays and University closure days

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