Templeman Library Development update

We’re now in Phase 2 of the Templeman Library Development. The central core and part of Ground Floor East are closed, and our contractors have been stripping the building, setting up scaffolding and preparing all the floors for restructure.

Behind the hoardings

Here’s a glimpse of what the central core currently looks like:

Haul Road and Scaffold Base to South Side
South side, opposite Senate
Commencement of Enclosures Ground Floor East
Ground Floor East
Floor 1 Central Core during soft strip demolition
Floor 2 Centre
Roof garden after soft strip demolition
Roof garden

Using Templeman West and East

We’re trialling opening the Grimond Entrance from 7 March. This will make it easier to access Templeman West from the direction of Grimond, Giles Lane and Park Wood, and quicker to get between Templeman West and Templeman East.

We’re grateful to you for bearing with us while the central core is closed. To find out how we’ve tried to minimise the impact on you, and how to find what you need in the Library, read our advice on making best use of Templeman West and East.

The development hasn’t affected the Library’s opening hours. It’s open 24/7 until 17 June, including over the Easter weekend.

More information

9 responses to “Templeman Library Development update

  1. Hi Sarah, thanks for your comments. We have passed your comments on and will get back to you soon with feedback. Julia, Information Services.

    1. Hi Jeff, we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused while the redevelopment work is ongoing. We will get back to you with further information. Julia, Information Services.

    2. We sorry that we can’t make a safe route through. It’s because of the scale and complexity of the work going on: the central area is a building site as builders take out the central stairs and replace windows, and asbestos is being stripped out from pipework and plant works.

      We’ve made sure that alternative study spaces are available – even at the busiest times of day there’s usually a central study hub with free PCs: http://www.kent.ac.uk/is/study

      Also Templeman East and West are open 24/7 until the summer vacation.

  2. This is very true I hate having to move across once getting books out from one half of the library and going to get books from the other. As Sarah said students are the priority. Thank you very much

    1. We sorry that we can’t make a safe route through, and understand the inconvenience this causes. It’s because of the scale and complexity of the work going on: the central area is a building site as builders take out the central stairs and replace windows, and asbestos is being stripped out from pipework and plant works.

      We’ve made sure that alternative study spaces are available – even at the busiest times of day there’s usually a central study hub with free PCs: http://www.kent.ac.uk/is/study

      Also Templeman East and West are open 24/7 until the summer vacation.

  3. Hi, I would like to congratulate your work on the extension of the new library. However, I would like to find out when the connection between both west and east Templeman would be opened? As a final year Mathematics and Statistics student I cannot stress enough how discouraging it is to study in the library as books needed for my project are across the both ends of the library. I am sure it also causes a huge amount of disturbance for your staff, not to even mention students who travel around using a wheelchair!? Can more thought and action go into providing more access points as I believe students should be the priority of every decision that is made!?

    Thank you for reading and I look forward to hear back from you

    1. Hi Sarah,
      we are sorry that we can’t make any more access points available, and understand the inconvenience this causes, especially when you need books from East and West. It’s because of the scale and complexity of the work going on: the central area is a building site as builders take out the central stairs and replace windows, and asbestos is being stripped out from pipework and plant works.

      In terms of study space we’ve made sure that alternatives are available. At the busiest times of day there’s usually a central study hub with free PCs: http://www.kent.ac.uk/is/study

      Also Templeman East and West are open 24/7 until the summer vacation.

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