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Guide to the National Oceanographic Library

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National Oceanographic Library opening hours

Guide to the Library

The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine and earth science community. The National Oceanographic Library supports staff and students at the NOC, Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, the University of Southampton as a whole and the Natural Environment Council research libraries. The library is also open by appointment to the public.

For further information about the services provided by the library and libraries at other campuses see this section of our main guide services and campuses


If you are a member of NOC staff, staff or a student at the University of Southampton you are entitled to use the library during the advertised opening hours.

When visiting make sure that you have your University ID card with you. This ensures you access through the dock gates and into the library.

If you have a problem accessing the library after 18.00 please report to security control on level 4 of the building.

External visitors and alumni

Our library hours for external visitors are Monday to Friday, 09:30 - 16:30 and by appointment only.

Archives visiting times are by appointment only. Please ensure you book an appointment 24 hours in advance.

To book an appointment and for further information see the Visitor Access page. Charges may apply. Visitors may not borrow any books or other materials from the library.

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How to find us

The library is on level 4 of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.


National Oceanographic Library, National Oceanography Centre,Southampton, University of Southampton, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK

Telephone or E-Mail:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 6116


Maps and directions to the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, click on the image below.