Useful library information for refugees and asylum seekers

Find your local library

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

Southampton has 11 libraries. You can view the locations of all of these 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’.

The library will need to see your 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 telephone 023 8083 3007.

Other useful contacts

Organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Southampton SHOW

Local organisations – befriending service SHOW

National organisations – help, advice and support SHOW

Library of Sanctuary

Southampton City Libraries are delighted to become only the third library service in the country to be awarded the prestigious Library of Sanctuary, and the first in the City of Sanctuary South West Region.