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Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Library

The library is located at the Hartley Library on the Highfield Campus of the University of Southampton.

The collection contains:

  • Approximately 1000 volumes on history, archaeology and natural history in general, rather than principally about Hampshire
  • About 30 sets of periodicals, largely the result of exchanges with other English local history societies
The books are within the Special Collections open access area on level 4; the journals are largely inter-filed with the Library's journal collection on level 1.


All H.F.C. Library books and journals are included in the university's library catalogues; guidance is available on the Library homepage. The H.F.C. Library books and journals have the call number prefix and location H.F.C.

Opening hours

The H.F.C. Library can be used whenever the Hartley Library is open. In term time the Library is usually open Monday-Friday 07.30 to midnight, and 09.00 to midnight at weekends. During vacations the opening hours are reduced, but current hours can be checked at any time on the Library website.


To obtain proof of membership, email The Membership Secretary will reply, confirming your membership and requesting the issue of a card. Take a copy of this email, together with photographic identification, such as a Driving Licence or Passport, to the Library Help Desk, ask for and fill in their short External Borrower’s Card form and a card will be issued. Those without an email address can write to the Membership Secretary at 1 Wheatland Close, Winchester, SO22 4QL. Borrower’s Cards must be renewed annually.

Other materials in the collections of the University Library

The University Library's Special Collections include the Cope Collection on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which contains over 12,000 books and 7,000 illustrations. The Archive collections focus on political history, but local material can be found within the Broadlands Estate Papers and the Hampshire Lieutenancy papers of the Duke of Wellington.

Published calendars of documents in the British National Archives can be found in the History Sources section, which is adjacent to the H.F.C. Library.


Enquiries can be directed to, for both general library questions and for those connected to the Special Collections.

Useful Links

Special Collections (University of Southampton Library)

Special Collections Blog - this provides regular articles on topics related to Southampton and Hampshire: e.g. Charlotte Mary Yonge (written by Roger Ottewill, former Chairman of the Local History Section)

Cope Collection


The library holds occasional open days to highlight their holdings. Such an event was held on Monday 31st July 2017 - Invitation to ‘Hampshire people and places’ in the University of Southampton Special Collections (pdf flier).


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