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H.O.S. Library

The H.O.S. Library includes books on the identification of birds, guides to bird-watching and handbooks on regional ornithology e.g. Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (1977-1994). There are also publications on the different orders and families of birds.

The periodical collection has been created by exchanges with other local ornithological societies and so contains many bird reports from other areas of Great Britain as well as the publications of the H.O.S. and general periodicals, such as Bird Study, Ibis and Birds.

Extent: 180 books and 120 periodicals.

Location and Access


The H.O.S. Library is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library on the Highfield Campus. The books are shelved in the Special Collections open access area.


The collection can be used by members of the University whenever the Hartley Library is open. Access for visitors is between 08.00-22.00 and photo ID is required when signing in at Library Reception. If you are under 18 please contact with your enquiry. 

Our computer workstations are only available to University staff and students, but you can connect your own device to the free WiFi Guest service.


Library Search includes records for all Hampshire Ornithological Society books and journals (call number H.O.S.). It enables you to search the Library's printed books, journals and electronic resources at the same time. Access to e-resources is limited to staff and students of the University.

Basic Search

Enter keywords / author surname / significant title words in the search box and then refine the Results List using the filters on the left e.g. by book / date  / subject. You can re-sort the Results List to your preferred order using the drop-down menu at the top of the list. 

To limit a search to the H.O.S. Library, enter your search terms followed by B8: Ornithological Society

Library Search groups print copies, e-books and different editions of the same work under one record in the Results List. To see the separate records, select the 'show all' filter.

Advanced Search

Using Advanced Search, you can undertake a more targeted search by selecting search indexes from drop-down lists and by presetting filters for format and date.

To limit a search to the H.O.S. Library, include 'B8: Ornithological Society' as a keyword search.

See Hampshire Ornithological Society Library for a list of titles.

Borrowing Books

Most H.O.S. Library books are available for Standard Loan and if you have a University I.D./Library Card you can borrow books at the Loans Desk or at the self-issue units on level 2.

Members of the Hampshire Ornithological Society can apply for free membership of the Library as External Borrowers, contact for details.


Contact: Jenny Ruthven email: tel. 023 80593335

Address: Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Collection History

The Hampshire Ornithological Society was formed in 1979 with the aim of promoting the recording, study and research into the ornithology of the county and encouraging the preservation of wild birds and places of ornithological interest.

The Trust publishes its results in the annual Hampshire Bird Report and also produces a newsletter, Kingfisher.

The Hampshire Ornithological Society Library has been on deposit at the University Library since 1979.