This guide identifies the most useful resources for Physical Science and keeps you up to date with library skills and news for your subject area.

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your online reading list and LibrarySearch.

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your reading list and LibrarySearch.

Your online reading list can be found via your course Moodle. Here is a short video with instructions on how to access and use your reading list.

Links to digital resources are available from here so may require your Kent Login to access them.

For more information on library services including how to borrow, make reservations, checking your library account etc, please see our full list of library guides


We have a large collection of  books on physics and astronomy in the library as well as in related topics in chemistry, mathematics and engineering.

As well as using LibrarySearch to find specific titles you may want to browse topics areas on the library shelves. These will generally be found on Floor 1  Block B.

The first two letters of a classmark identify the topic within your discipline. You can look for these on the end of our shelving. For example,

QB – Astronomy                            QC – Quantum physics

QA – Computional Methods          TA – Photonics

Find out more about finding books at the Templeman.

Borrowing items

Using your Kent One card, you can borrow up to 40 books from the Library!

Find out more about borrowing from the Templeman.



You might also want to browse the following ebook collections for a specific topic:

  • IOP Science Books –  collection of books from the Institute of Physics
  • SpringerLink – good range of research  and reference books in computer science. Filter by discipline.
  • Science Direct – covering a range of computer science topics. Filter by domain.
  • Cambridge Core – browse by ‘physics and astronomy’
  • IEEE Xplore – browse books by subject from a wide range of computing topics, aerospace and photonics

More advice on how to find and use e-books