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This tour will introduce to our site, collections, and pandemic safety measures
The Hartley Library is the main library for the sciences, engineering, law, humanities, and social sciences. It is located in the middle of Highfield campus. The Hartley Library is also where the University archives and special collections are held.
Side entrance to Hartley
We have set up a new entrace to make a one-way system possible throughout the library. Please follow the arrows.
The temporary entrance is just around the corner from the main doors
Have you booked?
Before coming into the library, you will need to make a booking for either a study space or a browsing session. This can be done on our booking page www.library.soton.ac.uk/bookings.
If you are returning books or using the click and collect service you do not need to make a booking.
In order to practise physical distancing within the Library, we are operating a one-way system. There are blue signs on the floor with arrows, showing you which direction to use.
Sanitising points can be found throughout the library, please use them when you come in
Throughout the Library, you will see arrow signs to indicate our one-way system. We also have signs to remind our visitors to maintain physical distancing throughout the Library.
Side entrance welcome desk
Staff at the entrance will check your booking and help guide you to the relevant section of the library.
Towards the main foyer
After the entrance you will be directed down the corridor towards the foyer of the library
Library help desk
In our main foyer area you will find the Library help point.
Laptops for loan
We have our main laptop locker where laptops can be borrowed for up to one week. Laptop bags and chargers can be borrowed from the library help desk.
There is an IT help desk in the foyer that is open between 09.00 and 17.00 on weekdays
The library has a café
Self-service machines can be found in the foyer and on level one (downstairs). Just scan your student 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, there are always staff members around who can 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.
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.
Food and drink
There are also vending machines next to the library cafe.
Laptops for loan
There is an additional lapsafe on level four, also with a cleaning station. Bags and chargers for the laptops can be borrowed from the help desk in the foyer.
Printing and scanning
Printers/copiers can be found on most floors with guidelines to help you use them safely.
One way signage throughout the library
Please use the one-way system to move around the library.
The main staircase is the one to use to go upstairs.
These are some of the shelving areas on level three
Desks throughout the library have been arranged to take account of social distancing guidelines. Please only sit in those spaces where there is a green tick.
There are also different kinds of study spaces throughout the library.
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.