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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.

The Canon Print Centre is also on this floor and provides specialist printing services, binding and more.

Lower Ground Floor: Images

Book stock

Group Study tables

Relax area


soft seating

Canon print centre

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

Computers in silent study area (0A)

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 17 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 Learning Resource 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 Learning Technologies Helpdesk is on this floor to provide IT support.

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

Floor 2 computers

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 over 60 PCs plus printing facilities.  These are divided across a quiet study area and a large group study area.  You can pre-book a library computer using  the MyPC system via your student login to ensure one is available when you need it.

Floor 3: images

Floor 3 quiet area

Floor 3 group area

Floor 3 group computer area

WMA St Mary's campus

St Mary's Campus is situated within the grounds of City College - just a 10 minute walk from the East Park Terrace campus. Cadets and students studying here have full access to Solent University Library. 

There is a small reference collection within the Student Study Area which is on the first floor of the St Mary’s building. This collection is for use in that area only and will show on the library catalogue as at St Mary's.

WMA- St Mary's Campus: images

St Mary's campus study room

St Mary's reference and study area

St Mary's campus