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Welcome to Solent Library

A basic guide for new users to the library.

Lower Ground Floor

The Lower Ground Floor houses the art, design and fashion book stock.  There are plenty of study spaces (many with power) and soft seating areas.  A large number of Macs are available for anyone to use.

Lower Ground Floor: Images

Book stock

Group Study tables

Relax area


soft seating

Ground Floor (0A,0B) - Main entrance & Information desk

As you enter the library you will find the information and help desk.  There are self-service machines available so you can borrow and return library items.  You can also borrow one of the laptops available for students to use.  The Assistive Technology room is located on this floor.

This floor also provides a student kitchen where you can make drinks, heat food you've brought in and make use of the seating provided.

On Floor 0A you will also find a silent study area housing the law and criminology books, PCs for anyone to use and study tables with power supply.

On Floor 0B there are more PCs and study spaces for you to use plus a bookable study room.

Ground Floor: images

Information desk

Laptop hire lockers

Self service book machines

Assistive technology room

Floor 0A Silentv study

Computers in silent study area (OA)

Silent study area (0A)

Bookable group room (0B)

Vending machines (0A)

Student Kitchen

Student kitchen

student kitchen

Floor 0C

Floor 0C offers a large area suitable for practicing presentations, study spaces with plenty of power sockets and display screens for group working.  There are also three bookable group study rooms

Floor 0C: images

Group study room

Bookable group rooms

Laptop hire lockers

Presentation area

Study tables

Floor 0C

Floor 1 (A, B, C)

Floor 1A offers a spacious quiet study area with power available to many of the table; this floor also houses the majority of the print book stock.  There are some bookable individual study rooms on this floor too.

All courses are supported by our team of friendly Information Librarians.  They are available to offer online contact and support throughout your course and their offices are on this floor.  

Floor 1B includes a group study area and the book stock for maritime, engineering and construction subjects is shelved here.  The Learning Resources Assistants have an office on this floor and are available to offer support with using the library. 

Floor 1C also has a group study area; the book stock for computing, maths and geography is shelved here.  There are two bookable group study rooms available as well as a soft seating area. 

Floor 1: images

Floor 1A book stock

Floor 1A computers

Floor 1A Individual study room

Floor 1A, silent study rooms

Floor 1A study desks overlooking East Park

Floor 1A Librarian's office

Floor 1B book stock

Floor 1B study tables

Floor 1B Tables and books

Floor 1B Learning Resources Staff

Floor 1C group room

Floor 1C group rooms

Floor 1C soft seating area

Floor 2 (A,B,C)

Floor 2A provides access to the Guided Learning Centre where you'll find extensive provision of PCs and Macs - including specialist gaming PCs.  Plenty of printers, photocopiers and scanners are available too.

The Guided Learning Advisors Helpdesk is on this floor to provide support related to the University’s teaching and learning systems or any other general technology or account issues. 

There is also a large group study area on this floor with plenty of study spaces with power supply and further access to PCs.

Floor 2B has a group study area available.  The book stock for music, film, TV, tourism, leisure, health  and nursing is shelved on this floor books.

Floor 2C is where the book stock for literature is shelved.  Group study spaces are provided along with two bookable group study rooms.

Floor 2: images

Floor 2A group study area

Floor 2A study tables overlooking East Park

Guided Learning Centre

Guided Learning Centre helpdesk

Guided Learning Centre

Guided Learning Centre seating

Guided Learning Centre

Guided Learning Centre

Floor 2 Specialist gaming computers

Floor 2 Macs

Floor 2 vending machine

Floor 2B study tables

Floor 2B Books and study tables

Floor 2B study tables and book stock

Floor 2C group study rooms

Floor 2C soft seating area

Floor 3

Floor 3 is open Monday to Friday 08:30-19.00 and provides access to 28 PCs plus printing facilities within the large group study area, plus a quiet study area on the otherside of the staircase.   

Floor 3: images

Floor 3 Quiet Area

Floor 3 quiet area

Floor 3 group area

Floor 3 group computer area