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Hampshire Ornithological Society Library, Special Collections, Hartley Library: Home


Contact: Jenny Ruthven


tel. 023 80593335


Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Special Collections Home Page

Printed Special Collections

A-Z List of Collections

Location and Access


The H.O.S. Library is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library on the Highfield Campus

The books are shelved in the Special Collections open access area and can be used whenever the Hartley Library is open.


Special Collections Open Access Area - members of the University and visitors over 18 are welcome to use the material in this area whenever the Hartley Library is open. Visitors will need to show photo ID when signing in at Library Reception. If you are under 18 please contact with your enquiry. 

Our computer workstations are only available to University staff and students, but you can connect your own device to the free WiFi Guest service.


H.O.S. Library

The H.O.S. Library includes books on the identification of birds, guides to bird-watching and handbooks on regional ornithology e.g. Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (1977-1994). There are also publications on the different orders and families of birds.

The periodical collection has been created by exchanges with other local ornithological societies and so contains many bird reports from other areas of Great Britain as well as the publications of the H.O.S. and general periodicals, such as Bird Study, Ibis and Birds.

Extent: 180 books and 120 periodicals.

Catalogues / Library Resources Search

  • WebCat includes records for all Hampshire Ornithological Society books and journals (call number H.O.S.). 

See Hampshire Ornithological Society Library for a complete list of titles.

Bird Reports from the HOS Library

Borrowing Books

Most H.O.S. Library books are available for Long Loan and if you have a University I.D./Library Card you can borrow books at the Loans Desk or at the self-issue units on level 2.

Members of the Hampshire Ornithological Society can apply for free membership of the Library as External Borrowers, contact for details.

Collection History

The Hampshire Ornithological Society was formed in 1979 with the aim of promoting the recording, study and research into the ornithology of the county and encouraging the preservation of wild birds and places of ornithological interest.

The Trust publishes its results in the annual Hampshire Bird Report and also produces a newsletter, Kingfisher.

The Hampshire Ornithological Society Library has been on deposit at the University Library since 1979.


The nearest copier is behind the main staircase on level 4.

Visitors wishing to make photocopies of items can create a guest account and add credit online, then login to any of the photocopiers (multi-functional devices) in the library.