Library services

Our physical and online library services are available to all staff.

Opening times

You will need your KentOne card to enter the libraries.

Please note that opening times vary throughout the year.

Templeman Library

The library is open 24/7 during the busiest months of the year, with shorter hours at Christmas and over summer.

Find out more about the opening hours


Drill Hall Library

Opening hours vary throughout the year. 

Until 7 June:

  • 08.00 Monday – 00.00 Saturday
  • Sunday: 10.00-00.00
Find out more about the Drill Hall Library


Tonbridge Centre Library

The Tonbridge Centre Library is unstaffed: please phone 01732 35 2316 or email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk to check if the Library is open before you make a journey. 

Find out more about the Tonbridge Centre Library

Getting help

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 disability support

Finding books and resources

Use LibrarySearch to access the library's vast collection of books, journals, multimedia and digital resources, specifically chosen to support teaching and research at Kent.

LibrarySearch searches the Templeman, Tonbridge Centre, and Drill Hall libraries, and specialist collections. 

Search our collections

Borrowing from our libraries

Using your KentOne card you can borrow:

  • 40 items from the Templeman Library
  • 20 items from the Drill Hall Library


Loan periods for Templeman Library

The different loan periods are:

  • 7 day loans: most items, including journals and document delivery books
  • 3 day loans: high demand and multimedia items
  • 1 day loansheadphones for use in the library
  • reference items: you can only use these in the library.

Seven-day and three-day loans will be automatically renewed until someone else reserves them or you return them.

Document delivery books will be automatically renewed up to five times.

Find out more on borrowing at the Templeman


Loan periods for Drill Hall Library

Most items are four-week loans or 7-day loans. Some items are reference, which means that they can only be used in the library.

Teaching support

Resources and guidance are available for all teaching staff at Kent.

Visit the 'Teaching support' section

Getting materials from other libraries

If you need an item that isn't available at a Kent libraries, we'll try to get it for you from elsewhere.

Find out how to request materials

Research support

The Research Support team can help you to develop your effectiveness as a researcher at Kent.

Visit the 'Research support' section
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