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Cope Collection, Special Collections, Hartley Library: Books & Journals

The Cope Collection includes books, pamphlets, journals, prints, photographs and postcards on all aspects of life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Useful Call Numbers

01 Bibliography
03 General Books
03.3 Directories
03.5 Guidebooks
06 Local Societes
22 Ecclesiastical History
26 Churches
31.5 Local Government
33 Charitable Institutions
32 Education
35 Crime
39 Folklore, Customs
42.7 Tourism
43 Transport
45 Military History
46 Naval History
52 Rivers
55 Geology
61 Health
65 Conservation
65.2 Sea Defences
71 Planning
72 Architecture
79 Recreation
81 Literature
90.5 Maps
92 History
93 Archaeology
95 Biography
97 New Forest
98 Isle of Wight

These call numbers are used for books on the county as a whole.

The subject numbers are added to the first three letters of a place name to create call numbers for places e.g.

SOU 92 Southampton History

WIN 03.5 Winchester Guidebooks 


You will find most books on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the Cope Collection which is in the Special Collections open access area on level 4 of the Hartley Library.

Catalogues / Library Search

  • WebCat includes records for all Cope books and journals. To find a specific book, use the keywords option in Quick search and enter the authors's family name and a few words from the title. You can also use keywords for subject searches. On the Advanced Searches screen you can limit searches by date and collection.
  • DelphiS enables you to search across WebCat and the Library's electronic databases and is especially useful for subject searches. You will need a University login for access.
  • Illustrations Index - this is shelved in the Special Collections open access area, next to the WebCat.

Bird's Eye View of Southampton, 1844

Bird's eye view Southampton, 1844, engraving


The Cope Collection includes journals published by the Hampshire Field Club and many other local groups. The journals are shelved with the books. 

Journal Articles

Printed indexes

The H.F.C.'s Proceedings have separate indexes for vols.1-10 (1885-1931) and vols.11-20 (1932-1956). Vol.44 (1988) includes an index for vols.21-40 (1958-1984) Cope 06.

Hampshire, the county magazine is indexed in John Sadden's Hampshire Index (1998) Cope quarto 05.5.


DelphiS searches for articles in the Library's electronic resources

Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society articles from the Proceedings vols.15-68 (1941-2013) are freely available online, as are tables of contents for vols. 69-71 (2014-2016)