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Warsash Maritime

Books Introduction

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Books and eBooks

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

Books provide an excellent overview of a topic and are a great resource when starting an assignment.

Make sure you are using the most recent edition of a textbook where possible.

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

a star Always check your unit reading list for recommendations!

Borrowing Books


icon of a bookHow many books can I borrow?

  • 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

icon of a magnifying glass How do I Find Books?


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. 


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 Available Online link 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. 


Key eBook collections

Warsash Maritime Books

There is a small reference collection housed within the 'Student Study Area' in St Mary's campus.  This collection shows on the library catalogue as St Mary's collection and is for use in Student Study Area only.  Copies can be loaned from the main Mountbatten Library. 

The main print book stock for Warsash subjects is on Floor 1B and Floor 1A, if you wish when using the library catalogue, you can refine your results to these floors,via the Refine your results area in the right hand menu, so they are Active filters  


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Where are key titles held?

Key titles and location details

Floor 1A

The shipmaster's business self-examiner - 387.61 MAC

Floor 1B

BLU Code (Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers) - 614.864 INT Bridge Procedures Guide 5th ed - 623.89 INT
COLREGS - 623.8884 DOK COSWP (Code of safe working practices) - 614.864 MAR
IBC Code (International Bulk Chemical) - 623.8245 INT ICOS (International code of signals) - 623.894 INT 
IAMSAR (International aeronautical and maritime search and rescue manual) - 614.864 INT IMDG Code (International maritime dangerous goods) - 614.83 INT
ISGOTT (International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals) - 614.8312 INT ISM Code (International Safety Management) - 614.864 INT 
LSA (Life saving appliances) - 623.8887 INT Mariners Handbook and Admiralty publications - 623.89 HYD
MARPOL (The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) - 628.168 INT Rules of the Road (RoR) and buoyage tutorials - 623.8884 SAE 
SOLAS (Safety of life at sea) - 614.864 INT  STCW (Standards of training, certification and watchkeeping) - 623.88 INT 
Extracts from nautical publications for use in (SQA) - 623.89  WMA

Floor 0A (Quiet Area)

ISPS Code - (The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code) - 364.135 INT

Subject areas and location details

Floor 1B

Engineering - 623.87236  Marine accidents - 623.88 
Marine electronics - 623.8503 Marine engineering - 623.87
Maritime accidents - 614.8614 Naval architecture  623.817
Navigation - 623.89  Seamanship - 623.8884  
Ship handling - 623.862  Thermodynamics - 621.01

 Floor 1C

Engineering mathematics - 510 Meteorology - 551.5

Law (Quiet Area)

International Maritime Law - 341

Shipping law - 343.096 

Charts and Reports

Admiralty Charts covering the waters around the British Isles including large scale of local areas can be found in the large chart drawers located on floor 1B of the Mountbatten Library, as well as the chart drawer held within St Mary's student study area.

Many reports such as those found within the 'Marine Accident Investigation Branch’ and 'Marine Notices’ can be found via the GOV.UK website.  For print copies check the library catalogue.

The library holds on floor 1B oral reports submitted by students who have taken their Officer of the Watch STCW 11/1 (00W), Chief Mates STCW 11/2, or Mates & Masters STCW 11/2 oral examinations. These are all reference items and can be viewed or photocopied.