Library services during revision and exams


Semester 2 teaching is coming to an end. For most of our students this means that the period of revision and exams is just about to begin. That’s why the University Library is letting you know about the services and resources that we will be extending over the next few weeks and about others which will be available across the University.

You can succeed in your exams by identifying the services and resources which will be most important for you. Plan your time, plan where you will do your work and also plan how you will keep well, exercised, fed and watered during these really important next few weeks:

Places to study

24 hour opening at Hartley:  will continue until midnight on Friday 8 June.  Each day, at 22:00 the outer Library doors change to card entry only, so be sure to bring your ID card with you when you come to Hartley.

Bookable study desks and Group Study Rooms: you can book study desks in the Hartley Library throughout the revision and exam period, starting Monday 7 May. The bookable desks are in the Level 2 Course Collection and on Level 5. You can book a desk for up to 4 hours per day. You can also continue to book Group Study Rooms when you are working with other people.

Extra study space in the library:  we will open up the Library training rooms on Levels 1, 3 and 4, to provide extra desks and computers for you to use from Monday 7 May – full details are on our LibGuide page. Additional, temporary desks and chairs will be set out on Level 4 of the Hartley Library during the week beginning 30 April.

Behaving considerately: if you are leaving your desk/workstation computer for more than 30 minutes, please take all your personal belongings with you so that another student can use the space. We understand you need a break now and again, but it is not fair to other students to leave your possessions and litter and then disappear for ages.

If a desk with books or personal items on it is left unattended, Library staff will place a dated and timed note on it explaining that if it remains vacant for 30 minutes, any other Library user is free to use the desk.

Remember to keep your valuables with you and keep them safe. From time to time items are stolen in the Library. We would not like this to happen to you.

Extra study space around Highfield campus: if you want a break from the Library and want to get to know other study areas on campus, SUSU are making their Meeting Rooms 2, 6 and 7 available as study space throughout the exam period.

Computers: you can use the iSolutions workstation availability tool to find a free computer on campus or you can borrow a laptop from Hartley for use in the Library (it will be due back at 23:00 on the day that you borrow it).

If you are revising at home, remember to use the Southampton Virtual Environment to access University Library online resources.  If you need IT help, the iSolutions desk in the Hartley Library is open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00. Alternatively, contact specialist IT staff by phone or email for help and guidance.


Studying well

Food & drink: As usual, you can take cold food and drinks with lids on to Levels 1, 2 and 3 of Hartley. Bottles of water are allowed on Levels 4 and 5. We have fantastic new bottle fillers on Levels 2 and 4 so that you can re-fill your own cups and containers.

Library staff: we are here to help and guide you at all times. During the revision and exam period, look out for staff wearing distinctive T-shirts, they will be visible on all levels of the Hartley Library, Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 to answer questions. We will help you with any difficulties you are having or advise you about available study spaces in other parts of the Library or other places on campus – just ask.

Cleaning and security: Our team of cleaners are carrying out additional sweeps for rubbish, and we have security staff in the Library all through the night who provide a full report to Library staff in the morning. If you find any areas which need litter cleared, spillages mopped or dirt cleaned, please let us know – either face-to-face or by emailing

Academic Skills Hub: if you would like extra help with exam or revision techniques then we have specialist Library staff available to provide you with guidance and support. Visit the Academic Skills Hub on Level 2, Hartley Library, Monday-Friday from 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00. The Hub is very close to the IT Helpdesk in Hartley. Alternatively, visit the website for helpful tips and resources which you can use.

Feeling stressed or worried? Our LibGuides page has links and advice if you need someone to talk to. The Library is collaborating with the StudentLife team, there will be staff in the Library from early May 2018, available overnight, starting at 17:00, going right through to 06:00 the following morning. These people can advise you on well-being, healthy eating, finding ways to relax and preparing for exams so that you can achieve your best. There is more detail about support across the University here. We’ll provide more details about this service as soon as we can.

So, there you have it. Look out for lots of other information from SUSU and Student Communications letting you know about events which will help you to relax, to socialise and to ensure that you will be able to perform at your best and achieve the success you deserve in the exams. Good luck to all of you!


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