Finding books and library resources

You can access a vast collection of books, e-books, journals and multimedia resources, specifically chosen to support the subjects taught at Kent.


Use LibrarySearch to find a specific book, DVD or other item, or to find material on a topic. LibrarySearch tells you what books, journals, online resources and multimedia are available, and where to find them - either online or on the shelf.

It searches the Templeman and Drill Hall libraries, as well as our Special Collections and Archives, the Kent Academic Repository and the libraries of Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals.

If you'd prefer seeing only the resources you can access online, use LibrarySearch Digital.

How to use LibrarySearch

Find your item on the shelf

LibrarySearch tells you the exact location of each book on the open shelves.

Look for "Find it on the shelf" on the search results page, which tells you the Block, Floor, and Row number. Once you've found the Row, look at the classmark.

A library item with 'Find it on the shelf' information: D Block Ground Floor, row 909, classmark TP 640 COE

A search result in LibrarySearch with 'Find it on the shelf' information

Here's a map of the library (pdf) that shows the names of the Blocks and what's on each Floor.  

Finding and borrowing books in the Templeman Library

Subject library resource guides

For a subject-specific introduction to the books, databases, and other academic resources recommended by our librarians, look at your subject library resource guide.

It has been written by your academic liaison librarian, working closely with your academic school.

Reading lists

The reading lists for your modules are online. They link straight to the essential and recommended resources for the module, in LibrarySearch or elsewhere on the web.

You can also view your reading lists in Moodle.

How to use your reading list - video panel

How to use your reading list


The library has lots of e-books, which you can access on your PC, laptop or mobile. And you don't have to visit the Library to use them.


The University subscribes to a vast range of high quality digital resources that are essential to your assignments, research and teaching.

Open Access material

Increasingly, academic works are published Open Access, which means they are free to use and share. But you need to know how to find legitimate Open Access versions of scholarly works.

Items at the Drill Hall Library

You can easily request items from the Drill Hall Library using the Place Reservation button in the item record on LibrarySearch.

If what you need isn’t at Kent

Our University of Kent libraries may not have all the material you want to consult, especially if you're doing research. If you have identified resources elsewhere that you need to look at, you can:


Find out all the ways you can get in touch:

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