University of Portsmouth Library

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University of Portsmouth

About the library

The University Library is in Ravelin Park, part of the Guildhall Campus in the centre of Portsmouth. The University Library is distinctive, modern and purpose built, with an £11,000,000 extension opening in 2006. The Library is strongly service-orientated with extensive 24/7 opening hours and places much emphasis on close relations with staff and students throughout the University.

The University Library is the busiest study space within the University of Portsmouth Estate with over 1,150,000 entries through the turnstiles in each of the last three academic years: we offer a variety of learning zones to suit different learning styles. Using the NSS as a guide, student satisfaction with the space and services provided by the University Library is high and the number of free text comments gives a guide to the importance that students place on the University Library.

We house over 380,000 printed books, close to a million ebooks including the Jisc Historic collections and almost 27,000 ejournals.

The local library catalogue is available online.

The University of Portsmouth also contributes to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? Yes.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of University of Portsmouth Library records in Library Hub Discover here.