University Library

We have five libraries located across our campuses which provide access to a wide and diverse range of literature.

The main Library, the Hartley Library, is located at Highfield Campus and has an excellent reputation as one of the leading research libraries in the UK. Membership of the Library is automatic as soon as you join the University as a student or member of staff. The Library also welcomes external users for reference.

The Library's total collection comprises over 2.5 million volumes, 34,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic form, and 6 million manuscripts.

We are continually expanding the range and depth of material available in print and electronically to meet the needs of the modern University Library, and we pilot new services to help you to make the most of the wide range of resources available.

Members of the University can access many of our resources and services ‘off campus’ through networked links to your home, hall of residence and other parts of the University. Our self-service options allow you to borrow your own books, place holds, make renewals, and order materials from our other libraries.

All the libraries offer a range of study space and provision for laptop and PC access including wireless access. In the Hartley Library you will find both group and quiet study space, and a number of bookable group study rooms. There is also an extremely popular café and a lounge area for more relaxed study and discussion.

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The Assistive Technology Centre at the Hartley Library provides a wealth of services for users with disabilities, including specialist screen-readers, a Braille embosser, text-to-speech and voice input facilities, visual planning, writing tools and specialist word processors.

Further information


The University bookshop is a branch of John Smith’s and stocks an extensive range of textbooks and background reading materials with a particular focus on the key strengths of the University. For further information, email

Hartley Library

Hartley Library

Hartley library is located on our main Highfield campus

Students in the library

Students in the library

A huge range of books, manuscripts and periodicals is available.