Library and IT services COVID-19 updates

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Updated 2 March 2021: longer Templeman and Drill Hall Library opening hours from 8 March.

For now, during the current lockdown, the Templeman Library is open with the services below.

We are keeping opening hours and services under review and they may change in line with any new Government guidance. Your safety and wellbeing are our priority.

This blog post describes the services in the Templeman Library. For services and opening hours of the Drill Hall Library, check the Drill Hall Library website under “Latest News”.

Opening hours and building access

In line with the Government’s lockdown guidance, we can only provide library access to Kent students and staff – we’re sorry that we can’t allow access for visitors or external borrowers.

See the Templeman Library opening hours and our support hours and contact details

We can only allow a limited number of people in the Library, so please consider whether your visit is essential:

  • You may have to queue to enter – use the occupancy checker to see how busy the Library is.
  • Use LibrarySearch Digital to check for a digital version of the book or resource you need.
  • No KentOne Card: No access – you will need it to access the building, you can’t borrow books/print without it
  • Wear a face covering before you enter the building and in all library spaces (unless you’re exempt, as per government guidelines)
  • Download the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app and scan in, using the QR code poster at the entrances
  • Study alone – do not gather or work in a group
  • Do not move tables, desks or chairs – they are arranged for social distancing purposes.

Books you have on loan

You won’t have to return any books you have on loan until at least 29 March. There’s no need to come to campus to return books.

From 29 March you can reserve books someone else has on loan if you need them, and you may have to return books you have borrowed.

More information about borrowing from the Templeman Library.

Services you can use

Currently closed or unavailable

  • Chill Out Zone
  • DVD viewing stations
  • Group study rooms / booths
  • Laptop and headphone loans
  • Reserving items on loan to someone else
  • Templeman Library day lockers (lockers are available to rent in Grimond Building)
  • Visitor PC
  • Water fountains

Your safety in the Library

These are some of the safety measures we’ve put in place:

  • An enhanced cleaning schedule
  • Hand sanitisation stations at entrances / across the library
  • Wipes for printers, PCs, study spaces and touch-screens
  • Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours
  • Social distancing measures:
    • a restricted number of people in the library at any one time
    • one-way route around the library to avoid close contact with others
    • transparent screens at the Welcome Desk

View this film showing our safety measures.

More information on studying safely.

Any concerns?

Please email or talk to Welcome Desk staff.

4 responses to “Library and IT services COVID-19 updates

  1. Will it possible once the library has re-opened to book a private room so I can have a Zoom appointment? I don’t live on campus and won’t have internet access.

    1. Hello, and many thanks for your query. This is the advice from our Learning Environment team: “Unfortunately, when the Library re-opens the group study rooms and private study carrels are remaining closed for the foreseeable future. However, the Library is limiting the number of people in the building at any one time so it is possible to find a quiet place in the Library to conduct your zoom call.”

      Kind regards and best wishes,

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