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Books Introduction

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Books and eBooks

The Library has many print and electronic books available to support your course, and electronic books are available off-campus 24/7!

Some books will provide a helpful overview of a particular topic, while other books will provide the necessary depth and detail. Both will help you start, progress and complete any assignment. 

The library works hard to ensure, where possible, that the most recent edition of any book is available.

Some chapters from books will be available electronically via online reading lists on your SOL units. 

star icon  Always check your unit reading list for recommendations!

Borrowing Books

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  • Students can borrow 15 books. This increases to 20 books in your final year.  
  • Postgraduate students can borrow 25 books.

Your books will automatically renew for up to 52 weeks (provided they are not requested by another library user). 

Finding Books

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Use the library catalogue to search for books and ebooks. 

  • To find a particular book: enter the author surname and a couple of words from the title 
  • To find books on a topic: enter some terms and refine your results to Books using the Resource Type option on the side. 

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For printed books:

  • Note the number and floor for each item and find them on the shelves 
  • If the book you want is checked out, click on the Locations tab, sign in with your University login and place a Request. You will be emailed when it is ready for you to collect.

For electronic books: 

  • Use the online access tab and follow the instructions provided. 
  • Most ebooks are available off campus - just login with your University email address and password. 
  • If you only want to see ebooks, refine your results to Online Resources. 


New Books: English

book icon  English literature and criticism books are located on Floor 2B in the 800s.

See below for a selection of our most recent books and ebooks in this area: 

Southampton Central Library

If you are looking for a wider selection of fiction books, you may find the extensive collection at Southampton Central Library useful.

You can join the Central Library online or in person and you can use the online catalogue to check availability before you go.

The Central Library is located close to Solent University on Civic Centre Road.