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Hartley Library Quiet Study Areas

  • The Hartley Library offers a variety of quiet study areas on its five levels.
  • This includes two dedicated quiet study rooms on Level 5 - outside of exam periods these areas do not need to be booked.
  • During exam periods many study desks in quiet areas of the Library will be made available for users to reserve for up to four hours per day per space.

Health Services Library Group Study Rooms

  • The Health Services Library has two bookable group study areas, both will accommodate a maximum of 10.
  • Each area has electrical sockets, whiteboard and whiteboard pens and a PC with large touch screen display.
  • Bookings can be made at the Health Services Library Loans Desk.
    • One member of the group must show their ID card.
    • We also accept bookings by email ( or phone (023 8120 6541).

National Oceanographic Library Study Areas

The National Oceanographic Library offers a variety of study areas on its three levels.

Bookable Meeting Rooms

  • Located on level 5 of the library.
  • The Blue, Yellow, Purple and Red room can all be booked by sending an email to or in person at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton Reception Desk.
  • The Green room is available to use without a booking.
  • An on-line booklet gives the details of all the bookable meeting rooms at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton including the meeting rooms in the library.
  • Each room has a large monitor and SmartBoard overlay.
  • Instructions explaining the use of the SmartBoard and other Audio Visual equipment are in a wall mounted holder in each room.
  • Each room has electrical sockets.

Quiet Study Area

The entrance floor (level 4) of the library is designated as a quiet study area in the library.

  • Electrical sockets are available in this area.

Silent Study Area

  • The lower floor (level 2) of the library is designated as a silent study area.
  • Electrical sockets are available in this area.



Hartley Library

The Hartley Library has 17 study rooms throughout levels 1, 2, 3 and 5. The rooms have a variety of facilities, for example: PCs; electrical sockets; internet points and whiteboards. A selection have U-Touch touch screen wall monitors (3A, 3B, 3C, 2A, 5019 and 5025), 2D has two LED wall monitors and 5037 has a touch screen table linked to an LED wall monitor. There are further LED wall monitors in 1A, 1C, 2B and 3F.

Rooms 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3D, 3E and 3F will accommodate a maximum of 6 students. Rooms 3B and 3C a maximum of 10 and rooms 3A a maximum of 12.

There are 4 more rooms on Level 5. The two larger rooms (5019 and 5025) can hold two groups of 6 or one group of 12, the smaller room (5023) can hold one group of 6 and a further mid-sized room (5037) can hold 8.

  • Rooms can be booked during library opening hours.
  • Rooms are for current students' group study and are not to be used for teaching or meetings.
  • Rooms can be booked for a maximum of 3 hours per person per day.
  • Rooms can be booked 13 days in advance. We cannot take block bookings.
  • Rooms cannot be booked by staff.
  • There must be at least two students in a group. The rooms are not available for individual study.

Booking a Study Room

To book, please visit the Hartley Library Reception Desk on Level 2 or email 


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