Main library

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About the Main library

Hartley sits at the centre of Highfield campus and is the main library for science, engineering, law, humanities and social science subjects. Parts of the building were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, famous for the iconic red telephone box and Battersea Power Station.

Support your studies with facilities and equipment over 5 levels. Explore a wealth of materials across our collection of printed books, journals and online resources.

Books and learning resources

The library includes archives, special collections and more than 6.5 million historic manuscript items. We also have 50,000 printed books.

We have a section dedicated to improving your academic skills with topics on:

  • academic writing
  • dissertations and essay planning
  • critical thinking
  • referencing
  • study skills
  • developing research questions

Facilities and equipment

  • library and IT help desks
  • computer workstations on all levels
  • self-service stations to borrow and return library items
  • print, scan and copy facilities on most levels using either our computers or your own device 
  • 1-week laptop loans including laptop bags and chargers
  • headphone, mobile phone chargers and mouse loans (for use in the library)

Study spaces

  • study desks
  • quiet study spaces with partitioned booths
  • desks with large screens
  • dedicated computer workrooms
  • desks with power sockets to plug in your own device

Food and drink

We have water bottle fillers and refreshments from our café and vending machines.