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Hartley Library: Photo tour

Virtual Tour Hartley

The Hartley Library is located in the middle of Highfield campus. It is the main library for the sciences, engineering, law, humanities, and social sciences and also houses the University Archives and Special collections. 

Hartley Library at Highfield Campus

Entrance and Library Help Desk

Enter the library through the turnstiles using your University ID card.  On the left you will find our Library Help Desk where our staff will be happy to help you.  

Using the library safely

Sanitising points can be found throughout the library. 

Using the library safely

Sanitising points are available throughout the library to help with cleaning surfaces

Library cafe

The library has a café in the foyer on level 2

Food and drink

There are also vending machines next to the library cafe. 

IT Help

There is an IT help desk in the foyer that is open between 09.00 and 17.00 on weekdays

Hartley guide

Next to the main staircase in the foyer we have a wall guide which lets you know what you can find on each floor of the library 

Laptops for loan

Also in the foyer we have our main laptop locker.  Laptops can be borrowed for up to one week and laptop bags and chargers can be borrowed from the library help desk.   There is a cleaning station for the lockers and the self service here. 

Laptops for loan

There is an additional laptop locker on level four.  There is also a cleaning station next to these lockers

Water bottle fillers

We have water bottle fillers on every floor to help you stay hydrated. 

Printing and scanning

Printers/copiers can be found on most floors with guidelines to help you use them safely.


Self-service machines

Self-service machines can be found in the foyer,  scan your University ID card, place the items you would like to borrow on the pad, and they will be issued to you.

If you have any difficulties using the self-service machines,  please visit our library help desk and staff will be able to help you. 
Before and after using the self-service machines, please use the wipes and sanitising gel, and place the used wipes in the bins nearby.

Returning books

If you are returning books, or you have handled books but do not want to borrow them, please place them in the red-topped bins.

Socially distanced study spaces

Desks throughout the library have been arranged to take account of social distancing guidelines. Please use the study spaces which display a green tick.   

Study space

There are a range of study spaces across the library 

Study space

There are a range of study spaces across the library 

Study space

There are some desks with screens that you can plug your laptop into to give you a double screen. These can be found on levels one and four.

Shelving areas

Shelving can be found on levels 1, 3, 4 and 5 

Academic Skills Collection

On Level 3 we have a collection of books to help with academic skills,  there are books on academic writing, planning dissertations and essays, critical thinking, referencing, study skills, developing research questions and more. 

Archives and Special Collections

Level 4 of Hartley houses the University's main Archives and Special Collections. This has two main areas, an open access special collection of the more modern printed material and the Archives searchroom, which can be booked to consult the manuscripts and rare book materials the Archive holds.

Spiral staircase

And finally!  We have a spiral staircase which connects the history collection on level four with the philosophy collection on level five, and is one of our most attractive features.