Useful library information for refugees and asylum seekers

Find your local library

To find your nearest library type in your postcode or street (minimum 6 characters) and select your address:

Southampton has 11 libraries. You can also find your nearest library by checking our map.


Join a library

It’s free to get a library card from your local library. Ask for the new ‘Welcome Card’.

At a library show ID, this can include:

  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Application Registration Card (ARC)
  • Convention Travel Document
  • Immigration status letter
  • Asylum Support Letter

Anyone with a ‘Welcome Card' will pay no fines or charges even for lost or overdue items.


Use the library to

  • Meet family and friends
  • Read newspapers, magazines and books
  • Find information, help and advice

Services we offer

Free access to and help with computers SHOW


Resources to learn and improve English SHOW


Read books and newspapers in your own language SHOW


Activities SHOW


Contact the library

For more information please contact
Tel: 023 8083 3007
Email: allison.kirby@southampton.gov.uk

Other useful contacts

Organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Southampton SHOW


Local Organisations – befriending service SHOW


National Organisations – help, advice and support SHOW