The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
The Templeman Library, at the heart of the Canterbury campus, provides a wealth of resources and services to support study and research across all subject areas. Its extensive print and online collections are specifically aimed at supporting the courses and subject areas taught at Kent.
What the library offers
- Fast and convenient access to course reading material, in print or online
- Access to a wide range of electronic resources, including full text e-journals, e-books, newspaper archives, databases and reference works. They're online, so you will be able to access whatever you want from wherever you are
- Unique archives and collections of rare, historic and specialised material relevant to a wide range of subject areas
- Integrated search tools including the Library catalogue, reading lists and virtual learning environment to help you discover and access the best resources for your studies
- Self-service options to make it easy for you to borrow, recall and renew items, and to request material from other libraries
- Long opening hours throughout the year, to make sure the Library's services are available at times that are convenient for you
- A wide choice of study spaces and facilities: a social learning zone with café and IT facilities, bookable group study or viewing rooms, silent and quiet study zones, and hundreds of student PCs
- Wireless access throughout the Library, and laptops and netbook you can borrow for use within the building
- Specialist subject librarians who can help you find the most relevant material and develop your skills to enable you to make effective use of information resources
- Staff who are dedicated to helping you get the most out of the Library and IT – in person, by telephone or online.
Special collections and archives
- The Templeman Library provides access to rare, historic and specialised material relevant to a wide range of subject areas:
- Special Collections holds archival, manuscript, photographic and rare books collections, especially relating to Victorian and Edwardian theatre, Kent local history, literature, politics and the history of science.
- The British Cartoon Archive is a national collection and unrivalled source for the study of cartoons as a reflection of British history and society.
- The holdings of the Canterbury Cathedral Library are searchable from the University’s Library catalogue.
50th Anniversary celebrations
As the flagship project of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015, the University has undertaken a project to add a 4,000m² extension to the library as well as creating major enhancements to the existing building. This will create leading 21st-century university library as an intellectual centre for our research-led community.