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COVID 19 - Solent Library services online

Support during the COVID 19 outbreak

Can I return my books?

From 8th March the library will be open for you to return books - please check the current library opening hours for full details of when the library building is open.  You do not have to make an appointment to return books.

Please remember to check your emails regularly.

If you anticipate any difficulties with returning items that are on loan to you please contact us (


Can I get help off campus?


Visit LibGuides - subject specific online help where you can schedule a remote one to one with your Information Librarian


Get help with referencing or RefWorks including booking one to one appointments online

Can I access resources off campus?

Huge range of ebooks available through the library catalogue:


Huge range of online resources:

I have books on loan and have left Southampton - what should I do?

Please contact if you are in this situation.

How can I download ebooks from Solent Library?

In most cases you don't have to download our ebooks to view them. You can use the "read online" option to access the full text without downloading any software.

There is only a benefit in downloading ebooks if you need to work offline, for example if you have a limited amount of mobile data each day.

If you do need to download you will first need to install Adobe Digital Editions however not all books offer the download option.

If you have any problems accessing our ebooks please contact us on live chat.

How can I print / photocopy in the library


You can print documents from the library in the normal way. 

If all you want to do is quickly print a document then we have a PC that is set up in the Library Foyer to enable you to do so.  Before and after each use of this machine you will need to clean the surfaces. Gloves are also available for you to use and please ask at the Information Desk if you would like to use a pair.

In addition if you are on campus and send a print job you can visit the library and release the print job at the Printer in the Library Foyer but you must have your Campus Card to visit the library.  

You are also able to print from your own mobile device either from within the library or outside the library and collect your print job as above.

Printing from mobile devices



If all you want to do is to use a photocopier or scan an item then you can visit the library without a booking but you must have your Campus Card in order to enter the library. 

Please note that it is essential that you have your Campus Card to access the barriers in the library and also so that your visit is recorded for test and trace purposes.