Visits to university libraries in Southampton and Winchester

Wednesday 1 July

For delegates who will be arriving the day before the main conference there will be an opportunity to tour one of the university libraries in Southampton and Winchester. These tours will take place at 14.15hrs for University of Southampton and 15.30hrs for Southampton Solent University and University of Winchester on Wednesday 1 July. Please find below information about each of the libraries.

If you would like to take part in one of these visits please send an e-mail to

Hartley Library, University of Southampton (14.15hrs)
The Hartley Library is the main University Library and also home to the University Archives & Special Collections.  The original Hartley Library opened in 1918 and the building has been extended and refurbished on a number of occasions, most recently in summer 2013. A further review to support changing needs is under development currently.    With five floors of printed books and journals, and around 1675 seats in a variety of study environments, powered study spaces for personal equipment, computer labs and a wireless network available throughout the Library, this is the largest of the five libraries supporting University of Southampton campuses in Southampton and Winchester.  

Recent Library initiatives include changes in Library user support and the launch of a pilot project to extend involvement in academic skills development with the opening of an Academic Skills Hub in February 2015. The Library has The Hartley Library’s Special Collections of around six million documents include a large collection of Anglo-Jewish Archives, the papers of the first Duke of Wellington, the Broadlands Archive including the papers of Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Lord Palmerston, and rare books and printed collections such as the Parkes Library and Cope Collection.  The tour will include an opportunity to visit the exhibition “Wellington and Waterloo” which marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

National Oceanographic Library, University of Southampton (14.15hrs)
The National Oceanographic Library, based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, is a partnership Library with the National Oceanography Centre (Natural Environment Research Council) and is one of the largest oceanography libraries in Europe.  Library and research support services are provided to NERC staff in Southampton and Liverpool and the University of Southampton staff and students in particular the Ocean and `Earth Science Academic Unit. The collection, which is comprehensive from the mid 19th century onwards, includes a range of materials including an extensive report and grey literature collection and atlases and charts covering the subject areas of oceanography and earth sciences including, geology and geophysics.  The Library has been recently refurbished with an additional floor and includes a range of up-to-date facilities for students, staff and visitors from business.  The Library holds an Archive of Oceanography including images, documents and scientific log books from the first Royal Research Ship Discovery and other Royal Research ships.  The visit will include a tour of the Archive and a visit to the Aquarium of the Ocean and Earth Sciences Academic Unit.  Time permitting the visit will conclude with refreshments (available for purchase) in the staff canteen overlooking the Docks and Southampton Water.

Mountbatten Library, Southampton Solent University (15.30hrs)
Southampton Solent University became a university in July 2005. Incorporated as an independent higher education institution in 1989, the University origins can be traced back to a private School of Art founded in 1956. Mergers between Southampton College of Art, The College of Technology and the College of Nautical Studies at Warsash laid the foundations for what is now Southampton Solent University.

The University currently teaches more than 19,000 students from over 100 countries and offers a range of practical and professional education. Amongst other things the University is home to one of the world’s leading maritime training providers, provides a unique service matching creatives to industry, and has one of the UK’s leading competitive sports programmes.

The library opened in its current location in 1994 and can accommodate around 800 students. Facilities have been upgraded over the last few years including a new foyer / entrance area with self-service provision, new group and IT spaces on floors 0C and 2A, and refurbished quiet study spaces on floor 1A. The library building also houses the employability and enterprise service and learning skills support. The library and learning service holds the Customer Service Excellence award. More information on the library is at:

Martial Rose Library, University of Winchester (15.30hrs)
The Martial Rose Library has some 300,000 printed books and a huge digital library of academic journals, e-books and databases to support all subject areas. There are 450 study spaces, of which 130 are equipped with networked PCs, and 13 study rooms for group working. The Library has a self-service issue system and online catalogue. The Library is open seven days a week during term time and operates 24-hour opening times during term-time.