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Contact details

General enquiries

Telephone +44 (0)23 8059 5410

Ext. 25410

Opening Hours

Staffed hours and access to resources

Monday - Friday 8.30  to 19.30 Weekends 10.00 to 17.00

Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd September - 10.00-16.00

From Thursday 24th September - term-time hours 

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.

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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