The H.F.C. Library includes material on the regional history of Great Britain, with a particular emphasis on ecclesiastical buildings, ranging from the cathedral to the parish church. There is also a general section on architecture and a small amount of material on natural history.
The collection includes the H.F.C.'s own publications and 13 volumes of programmes and press cuttings which document its activities from 1885 to 1933.
The H.F.C. acquires journals by exchange with other English local history societies, many of these titles are shelved in the general periodicals sequence at per C-F.
Extent: Over 800 books and 70 periodicals, mainly 20th century publications.
COVID-19 National Lockdown, January 2021 - Access
Special Collections Open Access Area - University of Southampton staff and students can continue to use the click and collect service, to book browsing slots and to book study spaces in the Special Collections open access area. See Library Services and COVID-19
Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Search Room - this service is closed. Members of staff are working off-site and can provide a limited enquiry service. Please email Archives@soton.ac.uk with any enquiries.
The H.F.C. Library is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library.
The books are shelved in the Special Collections open access area and can be used whenever the Library is open.
Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society was founded in 1885 for the study of the natural history and antiquities of the county. It is organized in five sections: archaeology, historic buildings, landscape, local history and the New Forest. Each section contributes to the programme of lectures, field meetings, exhibitions and conferences, and to reports of these activities in the Newsletter.
The Hampshire Field Club has published its Proceedings (now Hampshire Studies ) since 1885 and also supports a series of monographs on selected subjects.
The Library of the Hampshire Field Club was placed on deposit at the University Library in 1964.