Nov 19

Templeman Library: 24/7 starts 24/11

In response to student feedback we are pleased to provide 24/7 opening of the Templeman Library from Monday 24 November until the end of this term.

24/7 opening will then start again on 19 January right through until the end of the summer term. That means the Library won’t close at all for over 5 months!

See the full opening hours24/7 opening

You’ll need your card!

Between 9pm and 8am you can access the Library only by scanning or showing your KentOne card. So make sure you take it with you if you pop out.

To put it simply: no card, no access from 9pm-8am.

What service you can expect

Between 9pm and 9am the Library will be self-service.

If you need assistance with any services, do ask the staff on duty. They’ll help you as far as they can, but may have to refer some queries to day time staff.

The main role of the duty staff is to monitor the study environment. Let them know if there are any issues by emailing

Look after yourself

Just because we’re open 24 hours doesn’t mean you should always work through the night. Make sure you take regular breaks and don’t burn the candle at both ends!

Getting home

If you live on campus, staff from Campus Watch can walk you home. Phone 01227 82 3300 to book.

If you live in Canterbury, the “nite” Unibus runs until the early hours, Monday-Saturday during term time – download the timetable.


Happy studying!

Nov 18

Open to you: the Franciscan International Study Centre Library

franciscanAs a Kent student or staff member you have free borrower access to the rich resources of the Franciscan International Study Centre (FISC) Library.

The FISC is located on Giles Lane, near the University of Kent Medical Centre, on the Canterbury campus.

The collection contains over 60,000 volumes and more than 300 journal runs, covering subjects like:

  • Franciscan studies
  • theology
  • Biblical studies
  • church history
  • ethics

The Franciscan Studies collection alone includes over 6,000 volumes and is believed to be the largest such collection in northern Europe. The earliest volumes include manuscripts from the late Middle Ages and incunabula.

Search the online catalogue (click EXTERNAL ACCESS), which includes over 25,000 books.

How to apply

To apply for free borrower membership, please fill in the application form (pdf) and bring it to the Templeman Library Loan Desk.

Opening times

The FISC library is normally open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, although it’s a good idea to email before visiting.

Nov 12

Masters of Architecture – on trial until 10 December

masters-of-architectureMasters of Architecture is available on trial until 10 December 2014.

Masters of Architecture is an ongoing series of digitised colour images from Pidgeon Audiovisual (PAV) and World Microfilms.

The series was started when Tadeusz Barucki offered PAV publication rights to some of his collection of slides. This Polish architect was in the habit of spending half of every year travelling the Western World photographing the work of architects he admired, starting with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn.

Other people’s collections have followed and will continue to be added to in the future. Principal among these has been Monica Pidgeon herself – in particular her photographic series of the annual Pavilions on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London

Please email comments and feedback to:

Nov 12

On trial until 10 December: Pidgeon Digital – talks by architects and designers

Pidgeon Digitalpidgeon is available on trial until 10 December 2014.

Pidgeon Digital is a collection of illustrated talks by architects and related designers, built up over more than 30 years.

Includes architects such as Will Alsop, Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Kisho Kurokawa, Oscar Niemeyer, Richard Rogers, Bernard Tschumi, and Michael Webb, as well as engineers, landscape architects, and designers.

Use the menu at the top to Browse Talks, Search Talks, or browse Speakers.

Please email comments and feedback to:

Nov 10

Explore your Archives Week

archive-week-graphicDrop in and discover a world of wonder and delight – our sessions will introduce you to the richness and variety of Special Collections and Archives at Kent.

Special Collections and Archives hold archival, manuscript, photographic and rare books collections containing a wide variety of unique and rare archival materials. Showcase archives include:

  • The British Cartoon Archive, which houses a national collection of social-political cartoons from British sources, including artwork and book collections.
  • The University of Kent Archive contains materials relating to the foundation and development of the University, especially reflecting the student and staff experience of the last 50 years.
  • Largely based around Victorian and Edwardian popular theatre, the Theatre & Performance Archives include scripts, designs and administrative and publicity materials.

Drop in between: 3-4.30pm, Friday 14 November
Room TR201, Templeman Library

Sessions will last approx 30 minutes.

You’ll be amazed at what you might uncover. Explore your archive.

Find out more,

Nov 07

Oaks study hub now open

oaks-onlineThe Oaks study hub is now open. It offers:

  • student PCs for working alone or in groups
  • WiFi and printing
  • a separate group study room with power points for laptops.

Oaks is open 24/7 with KentOne card access.

Find it in front of Keynes College, on the site of the former Oaks Day Nursery.

Full details about Oaks study hub

There are lots of options across campus to suit your study needs – you are just a few minutes away from a location that can offer you a free PC at peak times whenever you need one.

Check the Campus study hub map for locations and opening hours – for more details visit our Study web pages.


Oct 24

How we support equality, diversity and inclusion

Gemma, part of the Lending services team in the Templeman Library, shares her thoughts about equality, diversity and inclusion in the Library:

The University of Kent is committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusivity in all its activities. I showed an interest in this subject, and since then I have been given lots of encouragement and freedom to seek out information and training.

I work for the Lending Services team which is part of the Front Line Services, so this subject is particularly important in our work. I have found that by becoming more aware of issues of equality and diversity, I can be more focussed on the needs of our users.

The Information Services department of the University have a strong group of staff and student representatives that meets four times a year to discuss all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusivity. I joined this group three years ago and I enjoy being part of the discussions that take place, and working on joint initiatives with other members of the group to try and improve the attitude and policies within IS towards inclusivity.

The group gets involved in a wide range of tasks from assisting with advice for the new Templeman development project, to ways to open up accessibility of course materials and resources.

I have been to many training sessions and talks locally and further afield and had the chance to meet staff from many other libraries to discuss innovation and best practice for providing good customer service for diverse needs. It feels good to be part of an organisation that is always assessing and reviewing its standards regarding inclusivity and is striving to improve year on year.

Gemma from Lending Services

Gemma from Lending Services

Here are a few ways that we can help you:

  • If you have an Inclusive Learning Plan (ILP) from Student Support, you can borrow ordinary loans for 6 weeks and if recalled you’ll have 2 weeks to return them.
  • We have yellow paper for printing and we use coloured paper for our classmark signs to improve accessibility.
  • There is screen reader software on all student PCs, and a range of assistive software and equipment available at the dedicated PCs on Level 2 Centre.
  • Height adjustable tables are available throughout the Library.
  • For more information on how we can help, please contact IS Disability Support
  • For more about how the University can help support you throughout your studies, visit the Student Support webpages.



Oct 22

More from Lending Services: what is “Hello borrowing?”


The “Hello borrowing!” display in the Core Text Collection, where staff are always happy to have a chat with you about your borrowing queries

Here’s another post from our Lending Services team – giving you the lowdown on everything to do with borrowing!

You may ask “why do I need to know more about borrowing, I took part in the Library induction?” We can give you more in depth information that will help you to make the most of your library membership.

This post should answer your most pressing questions about the world of borrowing:

What can I borrow?

  • If you’re an undergraduate you can borrow 16 items
  • If you’re a taught postgraduate you can borrow 20 items
  • If you’re a research postgraduate you can borrow 32 items.

How long can I borrow a book?

Ordinary loans from the Main Collection can be borrowed for 4 weeks by undergraduates and taught postgraduates, but a research postgraduate can borrow an Ordinary Loan for 10 weeks. If a book is recalled you will have 1 week to return it to the library.

If you are part-time or have an ILP (Inclusive Learning Plan) you can borrow Ordinary Loans for 6 weeks and if recalled you’ll have 2 weeks to return them.

How can I borrow a book?

Our self-issue machines are very easy to use and allow you to borrow books quickly and at any time. All you need is your KentOne card, scan its barcode under the red light and then slide your book onto the machine as directed on the screen.

Don’t forget to email or print a receipt as this will help you to remember when it’s next due and log you out at the same time. Visit our borrowing page, which has a video showing how to use the machines.

How do I return a book?

The self return machine in the Welcome Hall, which we fondly call Manny, is even easier to use. Follow the instructions on the screen and place your closed book on the conveyer belt. Make sure you print a receipt!

If you need to return the book but the library is closed, there’s a book drop at the front entrance.

Do I have a Library account?

You automatically have a Library account and you can log in using your Kent IT username and password. Just visit and click on the link in the top right corner of the screen.

You’ll be able to see what you have on loan, when they are due and how many times you have renewed them. You can also renew items, see and pay your fines and find out if a book has been recalled.

How can I renew?

You can renew your items:

Top tips:

  • You can’t renew 24 hour loan items or items that have been recalled.
  • You can only renew an item 10 times without returning it to the Library, so keep an eye on the renewal count under ‘view all’ within ‘Items I have on loan’ in your Library account.

What is a recall and how does it work?

You can recall an item that is on loan to another person and any of your borrowed items can also be recalled. If this happens you won’t be able to renew them. If you have an Ordinary Loan with the longest loan period, you may have to return it before the due date. But don’t worry, you’ll be sent an email recall notice with the new due date.


Always check the shelf before you recall a book. Once you’re sure that there are no other copies on the shelf, you can recall an item by searching for it on the catalogue, clicking ‘recall this item’, logging in, checking the options and selecting ‘recall this item’. When the item is available you’ll receive an email and you can collect it from the Reservations Pickup Point in the Core Text Collection.

Why do you have library fines and how much are they?

Our fines have been set at the request of the Kent Union and are not for profit. They are in place to make sure that material is available to all library users when they need them.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Overdue 24 hour loans, 4 hour loans and laptop loans will be fined at 50p per hour.
  • Overdue one week loans, 3 day loans and journals are fined at 50p per day.
  • Overdue Ordinary Loans, document delivery and official publications are fined 30p per day, and 50p per day if they have been recalled from you.

How can I avoid fines?

Here are some top tips:

  • Always keep your receipts, print or email, as they’ll help you keep track of when your book is due to be returned.
  • Check your Library account regularly to keep aware of due dates. Log in at
  • Check your emails for any library reminders, but don’t rely on just these.
  • Always be prepared to return an item as it may be recalled by another library user.
  • Never lend items to your friends as you are responsible for all of the books on your account.
  • If you can’t visit during opening hours, use the book drop at the front entrance.
  • If you can’t visit the campus, you can send the items back but make sure you use a secure method. Here’s the address:
    Templeman Library
    University of Kent
    Kent, CT2 7NU

We’re here to help!

For help with borrowing, renewals or fine queries contact the Loan Desk. We’re in Level 1 East, our telephone number is 01227 82 3572 and our email address is

If you have a problem returning a book or you are worried about fines, get in touch as soon as possible. We’re here to help and we can renew books for you via email or over the phone. We can also check if another copy is available when someone has recalled a book from you and you have difficulty returning it on time.

Oct 20

HP power cord product recall

Due to fire and burn risk, HP are recalling AC power cords used with AC adapters sold with the following products between September 2010 – June 2012:

  • HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers
  • AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations.

Because these cords pose a fire and burn hazard, it is extremely important that you check whether yours is affected on the HP website, and if it is, cease using it immediately.

To check whether your power cord is affected, visit:  

Oct 20

Is the Student Guide meeting your needs?

Have you used the Student Guide this term yet?

We want to continually improve it to make sure it’s meeting your needs. We did some work over the summer, based on user feedback. This included:

  • making it responsive: which means it’s easier to use on mobiles/tablets
  • integration of Browzer news, which includes updates on accommodation and catering
  • improved design: including more multimedia content.

Help us make it better still!

Please let us know how you’ve found using it so far this term, and share your ideas for what it could be or could do better. Email

We are committed to continually improving the user experience of all our websites – and we can’t do it without your help!


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