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Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
University of Southampton Library endorses Research Libraries UK's statement on the role of libraries in intellectual freedom:
RLUK reiterates its endorsement of the IFLA Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom. In particular, we note that:
- Libraries have a responsibility both to guarantee and to facilitate access to expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity. To this end, libraries shall acquire, preserve and make available the widest variety of materials, reflecting the plurality and diversity of society.
- Libraries shall ensure that the selection and availability of library materials and services is governed by professional considerations and not by political, moral and religious views.
- Libraries shall acquire, organize and disseminate information freely and oppose any form of censorship.
As libraries have a responsibility to carry the widest variety of materials it should be clear that the inclusion of a work in a library’s collection, on its shelves, or in its catalogues is not to be taken as in any way an endorsement of the views expressed within the work or a mark of approval of the work’s author(s).
RLUK also takes this opportunity to endorse the statement from CILIP: Intellectual Freedom, Access to Information and Censorship
Archives & Special Collections
Archives & Special Collections website
The Hartley Library’s Special Collections include the Anglo-Jewish Archives, Wellington Papers, Broadlands Archive, rare books and printed collections such as the Parkes Library and Cope Collection.
Printed Special Collections
The collections contain over 50,000 books on a wide range of subjects, with publications dating from the fifteenth century to the present day.
Cope Collection, Special Collections
The Cope Collection includes books, pamphlets, journals, prints, photographs and postcards on all aspects of life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Parkes Library, Special Collections
The Parkes Library was established by James Parkes, a tireless campaigner against anti-Semitism, and is a major resource for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations across the ages.
Other Collections in the Library
Artists' books are works of art, presented in book form. The Winchester School of Art Library has wide ranging collection of books from the 1960s to the present day.
Finding Data & Statistics
This guide will help you find the data and statistics you need, from economics to health, environment to oceanography - and everywhere between.
Maps and Mapping Data
This guide aims to introduce you to maps and mapping data, print and digital, available through the University of Southampton and to sources of open geospatial data.
Microform services in the Hartley Library
The Library holds some documents such as newspapers in a microform format (microcard, microfilm and microfiche).
If you're looking for articles in newspapers, then Nexis UK and the Gale Newspapers Database are invaluable. We also have resources covering newspapers between the 17th and 19th Centuries.
Official publications are documents published by national governments or by inter-governmental organisations, such as the United Nations and the European Union.
Patents, Standards, Science & Engineering Data, Conferences and Technical Reports