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Return to Campus FAQs: Returning books by post

Details of our phased return to campus, beginning July 2020

UK-based students graduating in summer 2020 

You can return borrowed library books without charge if you are no longer in Southampton or Winchester. See the Collect+ information below to print a label and drop off items at one of thousands of locations around the UK. This service is also open to UK-based academics and postgraduate researchers who have left the University.

Finalists in the local area are welcome to return books in person, if you are:

  • leaving University Halls please return your books to the drop off point at the Reception of your Halls of Residence.
  • leaving Private Rented Accommodation you can drop off your books at your nearest University Halls Reception at either Mayflower, Glen Eyre or Wessex Lane.
  • leaving Riverside Way in Winchester, you can drop your books off at Erasmus Park Reception.
  • near Highfield campus you can use the book return postbox in the wall to the right of the Hartley Library entrance.


Overseas-based students graduating in summer 2020

We regret that you are not eligible for the postal returns service. If you have books to return, you can post them to: Hartley Library, University of Southampton, University Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom


All other students returning to campus in autumn 2020 

You can keep hold of your books, or return them to the book return postbox in the wall to the right of the Hartley Library entrance. All books have been renewed until 30th September 2020.

ClickSit Collect+ postal returns

If you are a UK-based student graduating in summer 2020, you can use our tracked postal return service to return library books. This is funded by the University and you will not have anything to pay. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not covered by this service.

Please click the Collect+ link and enter your email address. This will generate a postal returns label for you to print. Please securely wrap your book(s), attach the returns label and take the parcel to one of the 7,500 drop-off locations. Please keep your proof of posting receipt until Collect+ have acknowledged receipt of your items. There is no limit to the number of books you can send in one parcel.

Collect+ postal return service for University of Southampton

Please contact us if you have any questions.