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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 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).

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 WebCat, the University Library's online catalogue; they have the call number prefix and location H.F.C. See WebCat Help for advice on the most effective ways to search the catalogue.

Opening hours and access

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. On arrival, you will need to show a form of photographic I.D. at the Library Reception Desk.

Members of the Hampshire Field Club can apply for an External Borrower's card free of charge. This card entitles holders to borrow up to ten books from the University Library.

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 general library questions) and to (for those connected to the Special Collections)

Useful Links

Special Collections (University of Southampton Library)
Local History Subject Support
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