Studying and borrowing books in the winter vacation

Templeman Library in the snow
Templeman Library in the snow

Opening times

This winter vacation, the Templeman Library will be open for a few extra days during the University’s Christmas closure period.

The Library will be closed from 19:00 on Friday 22 December until Wednesday 27 December when we will open 11:00 – 19.00.

We are open on the Thursday 28, and Friday 29 December 11.00 – 19.00 also.

Closed Saturday 30 Dec – Monday 1 January.

We reopen at 11:00 – 19.00 on Tuesday 2 January.

Full vacation opening hours

Borrowing arrangements

You don’t need to renew or return any books, including document deliveries, from Thursday 21 December to Tuesday 2 January inclusive.

Books you have on loan can still be reserved, so before you go return any books you don’t need. You could also check LibrarySearch to see if there’s an e-book version of any books you need, so you don’t have to borrow them.

While you’re away:

  • books will automatically renew, unless they’re reserved
  • check your student email and Library account, in case someone reserves a book on loan to you
  • return books when someone reserves them
  • books can be reserved at short notice and the fine for overdue items is £2 per day
  • if you can’t return a book in person, you can send it to us by post

When the library is closed you can return your items at the drop box near the Library Road entrance.

If you can’t get a book back to us in time or are concerned about fines, get in touch as soon as possible. Our staff will do their best to resolve your problem:

  • in person: IT & Library Support Desk, Block C, Floor 1, Templeman Library
  • phone: 01227 82 3572
  • email:

Document delivery items

Any document delivery books that automatically renew on 15 December or after will be due on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

If your document delivery book reaches its final due date before Christmas, please return it by the end of Wednesday 20 December if you can, so we can return it to the lending institution.

Student PCs

If you need to use a student PC on campus between 23-26 December and between 30 December – 1 January when the Library is closed, Park Wood will be open 24/7. You’ll need your KentOne card to get in.

All other study hubs are closed 23 December – 1 January inclusive.

International students

Check the International Students website for a list of all services available on campus during the Winter Vacation.

Using other libraries

Away from campus for the Christmas vacation? You can use other academic libraries around the UK and Ireland by registering for SCONUL Access.

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