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Library Exhibitions and Events: Want to exhibit with us?

The University of Southampton Library offers a varied programme of events and exhibition across its sites.

Want to exhibit with us?

We aim to present up to six exhibitions a year in each of the spaces, with the programme booked up to a year in advance. The programme reflects:

  • themed links with our diverse collections
  • promotion of the University’s Strategy
  • work celebrating and linked to the culture of Southampton, Winchester and the region

In line with the University’s goals, we will actively seek to:

  • champion equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • foster a sense of belonging within the communities studying in and visiting our spaces
  • encourage positive mental health and wellbeing
  • nurture curiosity and active citizenship amongst the people using our libraries

Criteria for selection

Proposals for exhibitions should match against the above criteria and must support the educational mission of the University and the Library and be aligned with our values. We welcome proposals from University staff, students and our wider community to use these spaces. All our exhibition spaces are open to the public during Library opening hours. In return for the free use of our spaces and publicity, through social media and other communication channels, please note that we are unfortunately not able to offer payment for the display of an exhibition. Details of each space are given below. If you have a proposal, then please do submit it using this online Gallery booking form. We will consider all proposals received and give an initial response within five working days. 

Hartley Library

Hartley Library Level 4 Exhibition Space

The Level 4 Gallery in Hartley Library is an area of 42 metres wall space in an open access area of the Hartley Library.

The exhibition area includes:

  • 1 lockable glass display cabinet measuring 100 cm (w) x 87.5 cm (h) x 26 cm (d) divided by 3 glass shelves x 26 cm (h).  This is fixed to a box  90 cm (h) with a display ledge 19cm (d).  The box is unable to be separated from the glass cabinet.

A floor plan of the gallery is available for download.

In the Foyer of Hartley Library, we also have a large LED screen where we can display digital creations. The content must be of high quality and images should have the appropriate usage rights. The system:

  • can play jpeg, png, pdf and most common video files eg mp4
  • cannot play .ppt file, however slides can be saved as jpegs (1920x1080 or 3840x2160 resolution) or mp4s (with animation)

Please use an aspect ratio of 16 x 9


National Oceanographic Library

National Oceanographic Library Exhibition Space

The National Oceanographic Library’s exhibition space is on level 4 and at the heart of our Library.

The exhibition area includes:

  • 3 fixed wall display boards each measuring 115 cm (W) x 175 cm (H)
  • a free-standing display with 2 boards each measuring 100 cm (W) x 200 cm (H)
  • 1 lockable glass display case measuring 120 cm (L) x 84 cm x 60cm with 2 shelves and lights which are 12v, 20W

Winchester School of Art Library

Winchester School of Art Library Exhibition Space

Winchester School of Art Library’s exhibition space is located in the reception area of the Library and looks out over the tree-lined campus. It consists of 7 wall mounted cases.

  • 3 lockable cases measuring 40 cm (W) x 39 cm (H) x 29 (D)
  • 3 open cases measuring 40 cm (W) x 39 cm (H)  x 29 (D)
  • 1 lockable case measuring 96 cm (W) x 39 cm (H)  x 29 (D)

We can also make available up to 4 glazed, deep tray vitrines on trestle legs. They measure internally 155 cm (L) x 55 cm (W) x 11 cm (D).


We welcome your feedback and use your comments, suggestions, compliments, and complaints to improve our services. If there’s anything you want to tell us relating to our exhibitions – or the processes by which they are organised - please complete our online form:

We will give an initial response to any feedback within five working days.