The Library provides access to 1000s of ebooks. You can search for these in the same way that you search for hardcopy books.
If you can't find the books you need on WebCat, you could check the catalogues of other libraries.
It is possible to visit most other UK academic libraries by joining SCONUL Access. You should only visit the British Library if the resources you need are not accessible from any other Library.
WebCat is the Library Catalogue. It lists the books, ebooks, journals, DVDs, CDs, software and other resources held at all of the Univerisity of Southampton libraries.
DelphiS searches WebCat and many of the Library's databases simultaneously. You will find many journal articles, conference papers, reports and other resources that are not available via WebCat.
The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme for most subjects. The books are arranged by codes called 'call numbers'. Here are some of the most important call numbers.
When you find a book on DelphiS or WebCat, you will see a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.
Most call numbers begin with a letter (or letters), that relates to a subject. Numbers placed after the letters represent more specific areas within the broad subject. The last 3 letters are the first letters of the author's surname, e.g.
HB 848 JON – Demography, Asia
JC 481 SMI – Fascism
Books are arranged first in alphabetical order of call number, then numerically, e.g. H 99 comes before H 100.
The library floor plans will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.
The H (social sciences) and J (political science) books are located on level 3 of the Hartley Library. Other useful books may be located in other sections. Relevant books may also be located in other University of Southampton site libraries, for example, some health books are held at the Health Services Library (General Hospital).
The Library has many dictionaries, encyclopaedias and biographies, including language dictionaries, subject dictionaries and specialist encyclopaedias. Some are in hardcopy and others online. Below are some examples of what's online.