National Oceanographic Library, National Oceanography Centre,Southampton, University of Southampton, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK
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Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 6116
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The National Oceanographic Library is a dynamic service, and is continually adding resources and developing services to support the research and teaching at the National Oceanography Centre. The information on these pages will tell you more about the library, how it supports study and research at NOC, its collections and the services available to students, staff and the general public.
National Oceanographic Library
The collection, which is comprehensive from the mid 19th century, includes books, reports, monographs, journals, conference proceedings, atlases and charts covering the subject areas of oceanography, deep-sea research and earth sciences including, geology and geophysics.
Course Collection - The National Oceanographic Library [NOL] Course Collection is located next to the self-service machine. The collection is open access. Items can be issued for loan at the Help Desk whilst it is staffed during our loans service hours. Alternatively items can be borrowed using the self-service loans unit.
The National Oceanographic Library offers a variety of study areas on its three levels.
Quiet Study Area
Silent Study Area
If you are a member of staff or a student at the University you are entitled to use the library during the advertised opening hours.
When visiting please ensure 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 on level 4 where your card will be checked. The card will either be reset or a temporary visitor card will be issued.
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.
Information for visitors, alumni, SCONUL users and Extended A level students
Books are on the main level of the National Oceanographic Library (level 4).
Most of the printed journals are on either level 4 (journal titles from A to N) or the lower floor [level 2] (journal titles from N to Z). A small number of journals are held in the NOL archives. If you need assistance finding materials please speak to library staff at the Help Desk who will be pleased to help you.
Past examination papers are available from this online database.