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Parkes Library, Special Collections, Hartley Library: Using the Library

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.

Borrowing Books

Most Parkes books are available for Standard Loan.

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.

Membership of the Friends of the Parkes Library includes an External Borrower's Card.

Copying Material

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.

Rare Books cannot be photocopied, but you can request photographic copies, subject to the age and condition of the item.

See Reprographic Services for a list of the types of copy available and charges.

Books from the Collection

Reference Books and Bibliographies

The 'Parkes Ref' section contains general encyclopaedias and subject reference books, e.g.:

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd ed. (2007) Parkes Ref 1601.E54
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992) Parkes Ref BZ 75.F73
  • Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century (2003) Parkes Ref BZ 1515.K47
  • Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945 (2009-) Parkes Ref BZ 8231.U54

Bibliographies are shelved at Z/BZ and are worth checking when looking for older publications on a specific subject, e.g.:

  • Magna Bibliotheca Anglo-Judaica (!937) and subsequent vols. Z/BZ 2301.G7R67
  • War Crimes, War Criminals and War Crimes Trials (1986) Z/BZ 8261.T88

Location and Access


The Parkes Library is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library on the Highfield Campus

  • Books printed before 1850 (call number Parkes) are generally shelved in the Special Collections open access area 
  • Older books (call number Rare Books Parkes) are fetched for use in the Archives Search Room.


Special Collections Open Access Area - material in this area can be used by members of the University whenever the Hartley Library is open. Access for visitors is between 08.00-22.00 and photo ID is required 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. 

Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Search Room - this is open Tuesday-Thursday 1000-1600. All visits are by prior appointment and all visitors will be required to book their visit and to order their material at least 1 working day in advance. 

Bookings are made by emailing providing details of name, University ID number (members of the University of Southampton only), permanent residential address and contact details, date of visit and list of items to be consulted.

If you do not have a University I.D. Card, you will need to show photographic I.D. and a form of I.D. which includes your permanent residential address when you enter the Hartley Library and also when you arrive at the Search Room.


Library Search includes records for all Parkes Library books and journals. It enables you to search the Library's printed books, journals and electronic resources at the same time. Access to e-resources is limited to staff and students of the University.

Basic Search

Enter keywords / author surname / significant title words in the search box and then refine the Results List using the filters on the left e.g. by book / date  / subject. You can re-sort the Results List to your preferred order using the drop-down menu at the top of the list. 

To limit a search to the Parkes Library, enter your search terms followed by B8: Parkes

To expand a search to other libraries which contribute to the WorldCat database, select the 'Libraries Worldwide' filter.

Library Search groups print copies, e-books and different editions of the same work under one record in the Results List. To see the separate records, turn off the 'Group Related Editions' filter.

Advanced Search

Using Advanced Search, you can undertake a more targeted search by selecting search indexes from drop-down lists and by presetting filters for format and date.

To limit a search to the Parkes Library, include 'B8: Parkes' as a keyword search.

Finding Books

Books are shelved in the Special Collections open access area as follows:

BZ 1 Language
BZ 61-95 Bible
BZ 511-1356 Judaism
BZ 1531-1591 Jewish culture
BZ 1601-2801 Jewish history
BZ 2511-2931 Middle East - Arab-Jewish relations
BZ 3011-4471  Palestine - Zionism 
BZ 4511-5561   Israel
BZ 6011-6016  Biography 
BZ 6031-6061   Jewish social history 
BZ 7051-7921  Jewish-Christian relations 
BZ 8011-8296   Anti-Semitism


Larger books (quartos) are shelved separately at the end of the main sequence.

See the E-Books tab for information on Library subscriptions and freely available E-Books.


Printed journals are shelved in alphabetical order of title at the end of the Parkes book sequence. Journals with the call number Rare Books Parkes per are fetched for use in the Archives Search Room.

See E-Journals for a list of Parkes-related online journals. These can also be accessed through Library Search. Due to licence restrictions, only members of the University have full access to electronic services other than the Library's computer catalogue (Library Search). However, we can offer limited provision to some e-resources to walk-in users.  Please email in the first instance.

Parkes Institute Journals


Newspapers and archives collections on microfilm are kept in the Microform Services Area on level 1. They are arranged by number e.g. 40001765.

You can read, copy or scan microfilm and microfiche using the reader-printers. A University login is required for scanning.

See the Microforms tab above for a list of all Parkes Microforms.


University of Southampton

  • see Theses for more information on how to find them

Other Institutions