Library services

As a Kent staff member you can borrow from the Library, use digital resources like journals and e-books and access a wide range of other services.

Our libraries

You can use both the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus and the Drill Hall Library at Medway.

You need your KentOne card to enter the libraries.

Opening times vary throughout the year:

Welcome to the Templeman Library

Find books and resources


Use LibrarySearch to access our vast collections of books, journals, multimedia and digital resources, specifically chosen to support teaching and research at Kent.

LibrarySearch searches the Templeman, and Drill Hall libraries, and specialist collections such as our Special Collections and Archives.

It also includes the holdings of Canterbury and Rochester Cathedral Libraries.

How to use LibrarySearch

A-Z of e-resources

Not everything we subscribe to is available in LibrarySearch. Or you may prefer to search some e-resources or databases through their native interfaces. You can browse and access all our digital resources directly though the A-Z of e-resources.

Special Collections and Archives

Our Special Collections and Archives hold over 150 unique and distinctive collections, with particular strength in theatre, stand-up comedy, political cartoons, wind and watermills, the history of the University and the local area, plus collections of 20th century prose and poetry first editions.

If material isn't at Kent

If you need material that isn't available at the Templeman, Drill Hall, or Tonbridge Centre Library you can:

Borrowing from our libraries

Using your KentOne card you can borrow:

Items you borrow are automatically renewed, unless someone else reserves them. 

If you borrow from the Library, we send you regular account updates and special notifications, so please check your Kent email regularly.

Finding and borrowing books in the Templeman Library

Support for your teaching and research

Are you a new academic? We provide services and support for your teaching and research.

Disability support

We aim to make our resources and services accessible to all.

The Drill Hall Library and the Templeman Library both feature:

  • close-by parking facilities with disabled parking bays
  • step-free access
  • push plate doors at entrances and throughout
  • lift access to all floors and basements

Find out more about:

Getting help

Our staff are here to support you, whether you're teaching, doing research or just want to use our Libraries for your personal interests.

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