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Help and support

The Library provides resources, services and expertise to support the University’s students and staff in learning, research and teaching.

The Library offers extensive opening hours and WiFi is available throughout. Situated over five floors, the Library gives students and staff access to over 150,000 books in print and online, and over 33,000 ejournals, as well as group and individual study spaces, access to PCs and Macs, 100 laptops, and even a student kitchen!

The friendly and knowledgeable team can help you to make the best use of the Library and its resources and services. There is a dedicated team of Information Librarians who are experts on the resources available to support your studies. You can access the Libguide for your subject to find out more or email the Information Librarians for further support. And if you have a question but can’t get to the Library in person, there’s the option to speak with a member of the team on live chat!

Diversifying the Library collection

The Library would welcome suggestions for book purchases that will help us work towards diversifying the Library’s book collection.  Find out more and suggest titles to help shape a more diverse and inclusive collection via the Diversifying the Library LibGuide.

Contact us

Live chat is the quickest way to get in touch with us. During the daytime and early evening, your question will be answered by a member of Solent Library staff but at other times you could be connected with a librarian in a university anywhere in the world who can help you find what you need.

We aim to respond immediately to online chat, but please allow up to 3 minutes for a reply.

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Borrowing, renewing or late return of books

Ask us about books or DVD you've borrowed - or any items we've asked you to return.


Referencing enquiries

Not sure how to reference something you've used in your assignment or dissertation?


We aim to respond to emails as quickly as possible and nearly always within 48 hours, but please allow up to 72 hours for a reply. 

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Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 3681

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