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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

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 with any enquiries.


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.


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.

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

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.

If you are not a member of the University, you will need to set up a guest account online, see Hartley Library: Visitors