Disability History Month 2018

We are celebrating the Disability History Month from 22 November to 22 December 2018.

Get inspired by this year’s theme of “Disability & Music” –  find an exhibition in the library portraying famous musicians with disability and a display of related items available from our collections.

Watch out for the following events this month, these events are open to ALL MEDWAY STUDENTS:

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Black History Month exhibition 2018

Drill Hall Library, Cafe Gallery, 12 October – 16 November 2018

The Drill Hall library in association with the University of Kent Student Success Project presents its Black History Exhibition 2018. This exhibition is inspired by the success stories from the Inspirational Speaker Programme.

The Inspirational Speaker programme aims to develop a conversation across the university around race, class, inequality, gender and belonging within the context of academic attainment. The ambition is to raise students’ aspirations and enable them to formulate positive perceptions of their future possible selves.

The exhibition celebrates the Black History Month by portraying a range of influential people who have been hosted by the University of Kent as part of the Inspirational Speaker Programme, or those forecasted to visit in the future.

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World Mental Health Day 2018

A week full of activities 8-12 October!

See what’s on Medway Campus this week! To celebrate the World Mental Health Day on 10 October, all the wellbeing services on campus have joined together to put a smile on your face with a week full of activities! See all of them here.

Activities in the Drill Hall Library:

Meet your local campus PCSO Sean Brooks on Monday 8 October during 12-noon to 2 pm. Come and have a cuddle with the Pets as Therapy dogs in the Drill Hall Library on Tuesday 9 October from 1 to 3 pm. Also on Tuesday you can make your own Dreamcatcher with GK Unions’ Give It A Go craft team at the library KeyPoint desk by the Group Zone from 12-noon to 5 pm. Finish the week off and relax at the Mindfulness sessions in room DA015 on Friday. Session times: 10 am to 11 am; 12-noon to 1 pm; 2 pm to 3 pm – and they are all free! 

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Welcome (back)!

Welcome to all of our new students, and welcome back to all of those continuing your study at Medway! If any of our new arrivals would like a library tour, or any help to use the library, please just pop in and see us at the Helpdesk. If you are a returning student and need a refresher or any help, also come to the Helpdesk (this was the Welcome Desk last year but has had a makeover).

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Summer opening hours

Summer’s here and it’s time for the library’s opening hours to change – we’re no longer open 24/7, but this will be back later in the year.

Check our opening hours page for the current times.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the library is hosting a number of sessions to help you take care of yourself.

If you’re feeling stressed, for whatever reason, check out these informative and helpful videos  here and here.

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24/7 is here!

The Library is now open 24/7 until Friday 8th June. This includes all the Bank Holidays! See detailed service hours here.

We are here to help and wish you good luck with your exam revision!

Please read our 24/7 FAQs which will give you useful information of services available in the library and on campus during the 24/7 opening.

Students are kindly reminded to note our “No ID, No Entry” policy. Day Passes are not issued after midnight.
Public Access user and SCONUL users must vacate the library by midnight.

Also please note that we are operating the Unattended Belongings & PCs policy, which means that any items left in the library for a long time will be removed by staff and PCs restarted for another user. Any unsaved documents and files may be lost in the process.

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Closed Sat 3rd/Sun 4th (post-snow update)

UPDATE for 5th March: heat and power have been restored and we will be opening as usual at 8am on Monday 5th March. Thank you for  bearing with us.


3rd/4th March – due to a water leak, there is no power or heat available in the Drill Hall Library, so we have had to remain closed for the weekend – please continue to keep an eye on our Twitter account (@drillhalllib) for any further news.


2nd March: we were open 8am-1pm, but have had to close as the campus is shutting down due to the bad forecasts for the afternoon’s weather.

We aim to open 10am-4pm over the weekend. Please see our Twitter or Facebook feeds for the most up to date info.

The Drill Hall car park is fairly treacherous at the moment, so please be sensible about where you park.

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UPDATED: Snow closure Feb/Mar 2018

Library and campus remain CLOSED 1st March.

You may have noticed that the weather is not great – travel in the Medway area is very tricky, so the campus (including the library) has been closed for the safety of all staff and students.

UPDATE 1st MARCH 9.30am: CCCU buildings will remain closed until Monday 5th March. For all other campus buildings and services, including the library, the picture is not yet clear. We will continue to update this page as soon as we know anything.

UPDATE 5pm 28th FEB: We have been informed that all 3 Universities at Medway are keeping the campus closed tomorrow (1st March). This will include the Drill Hall. Please do not attempt to come to campus.


The Drill Hall Library closed at middday on 27th February, was closed all day on 28th February and remains closed 1st March. We apologise for any inconvenience to you. The decision to close the library is never taken lightly. In this case, the whole campus is closed. Please continue to monitor communications from your University as this period of inclement weather continues.


No fines will be charged for the days we have been closed or partly closed (Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th February, Thursday 1st March).

We hope to be open again as normal soon, and will continue to keep everyone updated through our social media.

Drill Hall Library and car park, morning of 27th February 2018.

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Our skills sessions

Take a look at our Events Calendar to see what sessions we have lined up to help you with your studies.

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