General enquiries about the Rare Books contact:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 023 80593335
Search Room Bookings:
email: email@example.com or tel. 023 80592721
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Rare Books QL 376.4
The Rare Books sequence consists of books from the general library collections published before 1801, and items of particular significance or rarity published after that date. A recataloguing project will extend the transfer date to include books published before 1850.
The material covers a wide range of subjects, reflecting the interests of the University and its predecessors, there being an emphasis on theological, historical, philosophical and literary works.
Within the collection there are a number of smaller donated or deposited collections:
Extent: Approximately 4,000 books, ranging in date from the late 15th century to the 20th century.
The Rare Books are part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library.
Material is fetched for use in the Archives Search Room which is open Tuesday to Thursday 10.00-15.00. Access is strictly by appointment, which must be made 5 working days in advance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order material.
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.
The books are listed in the Hartley Library card catalogue, which is in the Film and Music Resources Room on level 5. Rare Books are indicated by the call number prefix x or xq.
WebCat includes records for a small proportion of the Rare Books (all pre-1700 British imprints and a growing number of nineteenth century imprints)
An imprints index is also available in the Special Collections Enquiry Office.
Bound volumes cannot be photocopied but you can request photographic or microfilm copies, subject to the age and condition of the item.
See Reprographics Service for a list of the types of copy available and charges.
Rare Books QB 66
Search library collections worldwide in the following union catalogues:
Access to some collections is restricted to members of the University.